Larry Gene Katona, age 73, of Baldwin, Michigan and formerly South Bend and Valparaiso, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, September 17, 2019. He was born on December 11, 1945 in South Bend, Indiana to the late Alexander and Emma Katona. He was a Washington High School graduate and married the love of his life Phyllis Kay Barclay on November 11, 1965. He retired from Portage, IN U.S. Postal Service where he worked as the Assistant Postmaster General. In his free time he enjoyed working with his lathe and milling machine in his work shop and riding his dune buggies, Jeep, and red farm tractor.
He is survived by his wife of 54 yrs., Phyllis Kay Katona; daughter, Kelly Mitchell; son, Kevin Katona and many other loving family members and friends.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Kevin Lee Katona, Jr.; three brothers, Alex, Robert and LeRoy and his sister, Marilyn Hergerfeld.
A Gathering of friends and family will take place on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 1-3pm in the Zahoran Funeral Home, 1826 Kemble Avenue. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3:00pm.
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