• Keaton's Mortuary
    San Rafael, CA
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Richard Hanley Katerndahl 1921 - 2014

Richard Hanley Katerndahl

March 31, 2014
Paul and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in these times. If there is anything we can do, please do not hesitate to ask.
The Levaggi's
March 31, 2014
I will miss my Grandpa so very much. Few people make such an impact. He was genuine and upstanding. Regardless if you agreed with his beliefs or not, he was consistent and unwavering. A man of conviction and honor. Few people are like him and few people are lucky enough to have someone like him in their lives. I will think of you Grandpa, every time I see a bolo tie, when I eat cream of spinach or cantaloupe (you like it, you love it or you get a licking), when I see spotted dick pudding at the grocery store and when I see or read anything about WWII. I will miss how you would dress up in a full suit no matter how hot it was outside or how you never complained and were always content if you had a book with you. You would make us laugh when you would swim fully clothed because your skin was so fair, but you said you did it because you didn't want to make the ladies swoon over your handsome physique. Anytime I see someone with their pant leg tucked into one boot, I will wonder how much cattle they have and if I ever have a fireplace, I will most certainly play “boats” with the trash. You called us all Duckie and when you were proud of an accomplishment you'd say “Good show!”. You cared about the environment, recycling and healthy eating long before it was ever hip. You taught us all what you felt was genuinely right and wanted success for each of us. I will miss hearing stories about the jungles of New Guinea and growing up in Beverly Hills. I love how you would tell us about our family history and how Grandma would say that your family crest had “a peeeg” on it. You were part German and part Irish but spoke fluent Spanish and you loved Grandma Estela so much. I never chew gum because you instilled in me that it is unladylike or drink beverages while I'm eating because you believed it causes poor digestion. I love Martinis because you and Grandma looked so classy having your Martini and cigarette each night, which later turned into martinis and hot chocolate with Kevin Michael. I have so many great memories of you and although I am sad that Jordan won't have the opportunity to wait nervously while you inspect her report card, I am so blessed to know she has memories of you playing Tickle Monster and Pincher Bug with her, like you did with all of the cousins when we were young. You were a strong individual, a brave individual and above all, an amazing Grandpa.
Elizabeth Tipton
March 30, 2014
So honored to have knows him! May Dick have Blessed Repose and Eternal Memory. My Thoughts and prayers are with all the family.
March 29, 2014
Dear Katerndahl Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. May God console you and grant Richard eternal happiness with Him.
March 29, 2014
I was fortunate to met Dick when I joined the Knights of Columbus a few years ago. He was a great role model, as a Knight, a Catholic, and a gentleman. He always had a ready smile and a book in hand. He leaves a great legacy in his family. He touched many lives and we surely be missed. May he rest in Christ's Peace.
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