Robert ‘Bud’ Katarincic

BOYTON BEACH, Fla. – Robert “Bud” Katarincic formerly of Escanaba, and now a resident of Boynton Beach, Fla., passed away March 26, 2014, after a long and courageous fight with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was born Aug. 15, 1932, in Escanaba, the son of John and Mary (Minnerick) Katarincic. He attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School.

In 1952, he was drafted into the Army and served during the Korean Conflict as a cook in a MASH Unit and for this he received an Honorable Discharge.

He married his loving wife Annette (Sprague) in 1962 in Escanaba where he resided until moving to Florida.

Bud started his career sailing the Great Lakes as a coal passer. He worked hard and eventually became a chief engineer on the MV St. Clair for American Steamship Company. He was honored as “Outstanding Mariner of The Year” in 1996 by American Steamship Company and retired to Florida.

He loved traveling with his wife, helping family and friends with expert handyman work project, walking the dogs and taking care of his house.

In addition to his parents, Bud was preceded in death by a daughter, Laurie Beth Katarincic; five brothers, John, Emil “Mirko”, Frank and Kenny; and a sister, Mary Jane Anderson.

He is survived by his devoted wife, Annette of 52 years; one son, Robert Scott of Coconut Creek, Fla.; a sister, Rosemary Katarincic of Escanaba and by his lifelong friend, Joseph “Bozo” Ozimac of Escanaba.

Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Burial will be in the National Cemetery in Boynton Beach, Fla.

Special thanks to the staff at Arbor Oaks for their kind and loving care while he resided there. Also a special thanks to Hospice of the Palm Beach for their help. Any memorials may be given to Hospice of The Palm Beaches.