Alexander Katovich, a Wautoma resident since 1958, passed away on July 12, 2013 following a short illness. He was born on November 23, 1922 in Kenosha, Wisconsin to Nicholas and Agrippina (Kuchinsky) Katovich. Alex graduated from Bradford High School, Kenosha, in January, 1942. He served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in the Pacific Theater in World War II
from 1943-1945. Alex married Jane Elizabeth Hackett in Madison on September 10, 1949. He attended UW-Madison and graduated from Iowa State College in Ames with a degree in forestry in 1950. Alex was employed by the Department of Natural Resources for 36 years, retiring in January, 1986.
Alex was instrumental in the soil bank program which encouraged tree planting in Waushara County and served on the Wautoma Tree Board. Today, Alex's influence is alive in beautiful mature plantings throughout the county. Education was also important to Alex. He gave many talks on wild flowers and ecology and enjoyed speaking with young people.
Alex is survived by his wife, Jane; four daughters—Carolyn (Lawrence) Hurley, Bethesda, Maryland; Christine (Frederick) Kraemer, Madison; Kathleen (Rollin) Church; and Nancy (Allen) Prondzinski, Wautoma; and three sons—Steven (Elizabeth), Moundsview, Minnesota; Kevin (Sharon), Middleton; and Kerry (Nadine), Fort Atkinson; eight grandchildren; one great grandson, and one niece, Diane Leisemann. His parents, brother Nicholas, and sisters Helen and Estelle are deceased.
A remembrance service will be held at Leikness Funeral Home, 358 S. Oxford Street, Wautoma on July 20, 2013 at 12PM (NOON). The family will greet relatives and friends at the funeral home from 10AM until the time of service at 12PM (NOON). Military honors accorded by Wolman-Minskey American Legion Post 317 and the U.S. Army Honors Team will follow the remembrance service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Wautoma Public Library, 410 W. Main Street, Wautoma, WI, in Alex's name.