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James "Skip" L Katcher

James L. “Skip” Katcher, 86 of Manville passed away Saturday morning (November 21st) at Methodist Medical Center, Peoria.

A visitation will be held Tuesday (Nov. 24th) from 4 – 7 PM with the rosary recited at 3:30 PM at the Winterrowd Funeral Home.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday (Nov. 25th) at 9:30 AM at the St. Michael the Archangel Church, Streator.  Burial will be in St. Stephen’s Cemetery, Streator.

Serving as pallbearers will be Andrew Katcher, Terry Kather, Tom Rients, Dan Poldek, Harry Defenbaugh, Philip Spaniol and honorary will be Jim Durgach and Marion Johnson and Luke Spaniol.

Skip was born on January 26, 1929 in Streator to Lottis and Agnes (McCloskey) Katcher.  He married Juanita Hart on November 14, 1953.  She survives.

Also surviving are children, Mike (Debbie) Katcher of Streator, Margie Benckendorf of Manville, Mark (Vicki Walter) Katcher of Manville and Monica (Rob Poole Jr.) Katcher of Blackstone, 3 grandchildren, Lacey and Casey Benckendorf and Andrew Katcher, sister, Cecil Colgan of Woodbury, NJ,  and several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Elvita Durgach and Bernice Dietrich.

Skip attended St. Anthony’s Grade School and Streator High School.  He was a mechanic for Collins Motor, Baker Ford and Beckmans Motor and retired as transportation director from Woodland School in 1991.  He served as finical secretary for UAW Local ???, he was a member of the St. Michael the Archangel Church , Streator Eagles Club and Streator Moose Lodge, Worsee Riding Club and Illinois Valley Riding Club and he was an avid horseback rider.  His hobbies were dirt car racing and being a Nascar fan.

Memorials may be made to either the Cornell/Reading Fire Departments, Woodland Education Foundation or to a charity of the donors’ choice.

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P.J. Colgan Nov 24 2015 12:00 AM

To all of the family,
I am very sorry to learn of Skip's passing. He was one of the first people I met when I began coming to Woodland games back in the late 1970's. Skip always had a smile on his face and made me feel like a friend from the first time I met him. His family was important to him and so was Woodland. I moved to the Kansas City area almost 10 years ago, and I regret that the distance prevents me from being there in person to pay my respects to each of the family members. My thoughts will be with each of you as you go through the difficult time of adjustment without him. You can take comfort in knowing that Skip was liked and respected by all who knew him. He was no longer the transportation supervisor when I came to Woodland as Superintendent, but please know that Dick Turner often expressed to me his respect for Skip's mechanic abilities. I often saw the garage lights on later in the evening, with Skip's vehicle parked in front of the garage. He made sure that the buses were all in good mechanical condition, but he also worked after hours on a race car.
This is a difficult time of the year for me as well. My mom passed away on Thanksgiving night of 2005. and the mention of the word Thanksgiving brings back thoughts of my mom. I"m sure that your family will have the same flash-backs in the coming years.. Please know that I really appreciated the friendship of Skip, and of his family. I will be keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers in the coming days.
Larry Sebby

Larry Sebby Nov 24 2015 12:00 AM

Juanita and all the family...our deepest sympathies in your loss. Skip was quite a guy...time spent with Skip and Juanita and Herb and Phyllis 'back in the day' was always fun. God Bless each of you during this difficult time.

Jack and Carole Cashmer Nov 23 2015 12:00 AM