Fredrick Kattau

Fredrick David Kattau

Monday, December 25th, 1939 - Wednesday, February 24th, 2021
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Fredrick David Kattau joined the angels on February 24, 2021. He was at home surrounded by his wife Mary Lou, his children's mother Fran and the big tribe he loved so much.

Fred was the oldest child of Cassie and Fred J Kattau, born in Indianapolis on December 25, 1939. He graduated from Emmerich Manual High School in 1958, and attended General Motors Institute before returning home to care for the growing family he was creating with his young wife, Mary Frances Meador. Fred worked his entire career as an insurance investigator, retiring in the early 2000s.

He enjoyed science fiction, bowling, reading, auctions, playing bridge, big dogs, police dramas, a good debate, a long hug and a mediocre scotch. He loved every version of Star Trek, and seldom missed an episode of NCIS, JAG or Jeopardy. He appreciated music from classical to country with a special fondness for Johnny Mathis, Judy Collins, and Reba McIntire. He practically purred during a good back scratch or head rub. He was rich in useless trivia, dry humor and was the king of sarcastic comebacks.

Fred was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 25 years Sandra Cleckner Kattau, and brother Chuck (Charles) Kattau.

He is survived by his wife Mary Lou (Moorman) Kattau; siblings JoAnn (Joseph) Bailey, Paul (Kathy) Kattau, and Barbara (David) Sweeney; his children: T. Suzanne (Jeffrey Thompson) Kattau, David J.(Rhonda) Kattau, Cynthia M. Burch, and Kara D. (Paul) Miller; grandchildren Eden Kilcoin, Ethan Kattau, Alex and Travis Dykes, Chloe Kattau, Victoria Ramseyer, Levi and Maxwell Burch, Kady Williams, Gabriel, Charlie and Elsie Miller; and great grandchildren Hannah Lang, Abigail, Parker and Luca Dykes, Xavier Williams-Talamantes, and Everett Ramseyer.

A celebration of Fred's life will be held at a later date.

Donations to Heartland Hospice and your local animal shelter in Fred’s memory would be appreciated. FairHaven Funeral Home and Cremation Services is handling arrangements.
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RhondaBauer Kattau

Posted at 07:11pm
Fred - I walk past your chair and feel you there even though you're not. Our time spent online and texting during Jeopardy will be a priceless memory. We'll take care of your love Mary...we got this!

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