Richard John Katschkowsky


Richard John Katschkowsky 79, of Northbrook, IL, formerly of Elkader, died Friday, August 16, 2013, at his home in Northbrook. He was born October 6, 1933, the last of seven children of William and Dorothy (Reinhardt) Katschkowsky. Richard graduated from Elkader High School and attended college for two years.

He left Elkader in 1952, (as per Richard) “to seek his fortune in Chicago.” Richard worked for Cook Electric and then for Ford (Aircraft Engine Division). He enlisted in the United States Marines where he served from 1953 to 1956, spending three years in California, from San Diego to San Francisco. Richard returned to Ford in Chicago in 1956, and worked in tool and die for over two years; then on to college in Iowa City for two years; and finally on to Collins Radio in Cedar Rapids where he worked as a cost analyst for a year and a half. Cedar Rapids was very special—it’s where he met Judy A. Gosser from Ottumwa.

Judy and Richard moved to Chicago, IL, where they were married on July 28, 1962, at St. Paul Lutheran Church. He then worked at Montgomery Ward, Wilson Jones and then A.B. Dick for three years as an industrial engineer. In 1965, the couple moved from Chicago to Northbrook. Two daughters were born to them, Carol in 1965, and Rita in 1967. Richard then went on to work at S & C Electric for 28 years, as an industrial engineer and retired from there in 1993.

Richard and Judy enjoyed traveling with the girls to many states. In later years, they enjoyed spending time between their homes in Northbrook, IL, Mission, TX and Elkader, IA.

Survivors include his wife, Judy of Northbrook, IL; daughter, Carol (Rick) Kats-Willis of Schaumburg, IL, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Richard was preceded in death by his daughter, Rita Katschkowsky on August 18, 2010, his parents and siblings.

Funeral services were Saturday, August 24, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Leonard Funeral Home, Elkader. Interment with military honors followed at East Side Cemetery, Elkader. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, August 23, at Leonard Funeral Home.

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