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“We are so saddened by the news of Roy, his wife and his son. I met Jenny before they were married and got to meet Josh when they brought him to the...Read More »
1 of 30 | Posted by: Barbara Chenail - Gwinn, MI

“So very sorry for your loss. Roy was such a great young man. He was so proud of being a father and loved his family. I remember the last time he...Read More »
2 of 30 | Posted by: Kathy Morris - Gwinn, MI

“To the Kato family,and sweet Brooke, we are so sorry for the loss of Roy, Jenny, and Josh. They are greatly missed. We love you Brooke. ”
3 of 30 | Posted by: Julie Bivens and family Tecumseh

“Roy, I've only known you since June, but feel like i've known you and Jenny and the kids for years. You were great friends and I am going to miss...Read More »
4 of 30 | Posted by: Julie Bivens - Tecumseh, OK

“Sylvia, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. May God give you the strength to get through this and give you peace. Steve and...Read More »
5 of 30 | Posted by: Steve Frazier

“U well b messed r.I p. Nice knowing u . ”
6 of 30 | Posted by: micki - OK

“Like a comet Blazing 'cross the evening sky Gone too soon Like a rainbow Fading in the twinkling of an eye Gone too soon Shiny and sparkly And...Read More »
7 of 30 | Posted by: Shawn & Kelly - Wausau, WI

“Silvia and Trina and family, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Silvia, I wish I was closer to be there for you during this time. I have been...Read More »
8 of 30 | Posted by: Nina & John Raeth - North Augusta, SC

“Roy you will be greatly missed. You were a father figure to my grandson Daniel and helped and mentored him so much. You were a wonderful uncle to...Read More »
9 of 30 | Posted by: Nancy Freeman & family - Tecumseh

“Silvia, Trina, Larry and Marianne, We are shocked and terribly saddened at your loss. Your family is very special to us and we are so grateful that...Read More »
10 of 30 | Posted by: Linda and Ron Berg - Marquette, MI

“We will miss Roy greatly. He was a good man with a good heart. ”
11 of 30 | Posted by: Karen - Shawnee, OK

“FAMILY AND FRIENDS SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, YOU ARE IN MY PRAYERS. ”
12 of 30 | Posted by: LISA BROWER BENOIT - ESCANABA, MI

“Silvia, I am so very sorry for your loss. I can't imagine what you are going through. May you find strength through God and loved ones to get through...Read More »
13 of 30 | Posted by: Deanna Miller - WI

“Silvia, I don't know if you remember me or not from Shopko Optical. My heart goes out to you and your family. Take care and my prayers are with...Read More »
14 of 30 | Posted by: Caroline La Rocque - MI

“Roy you were a hard working man, a loving father and a wonderful caring husband to Jenny, you two were always great together, And you loved Christ...Read More »
15 of 30 | Posted by: virginia edwards (ginger) - OK

“Loving Father, Brother, son,and friend. He always worked hard to make sure his family was taken care of. I will never forget when Jenny called me up...Read More »
16 of 30 | Posted by: Stephanie LaChance - Gwinn, MI

“Didnt know the family very well but will be praying for them. ”
17 of 30 | Posted by: Diane Anderson - Tecumseh, OK

“With much Love & Prayers~Susan (Whitaker) Reinheimer ”
18 of 30 | Posted by: Susan Reinheimer - Atlantic Mine, MI

“Sliv, Trina & family: My heart breaks for you and what you must be going through. Sending my love to you all. Jackie Laurila ”
19 of 30 | Posted by: Jackie Laurila - Ishpeming, MI

“Roy, Thank you for choosing to move to Oklahoma and bringing You, Jenny and those precious angels into my life. I enjoyed your teasing banter and...Read More »
20 of 30 | Posted by: waldroupe, robin - Shawnee, OK

“We met Roy through Scouting with Josh. He was always so very Helpful and Caring with all the kids in the pack. He Helped Jenny in her Leadership...Read More »
21 of 30 | Posted by: Crystal, Keith, Dravin, Bradin, Autumn and Corbin Bowie - OK

“rest in peace <3 ”
22 of 30 | Posted by: Matt and Tiffany Tate - Tecumseh, OK

“Thoughts and prayers go out to your family and especially Brooke!!! Rip Roy!! ”
23 of 30 | Posted by: Tammy - Macomb, OK

“Gone too soon. His mission here has been conpleted and he had gone home to God. He will be missed. ”
24 of 30 | Posted by: Wendy A. Wevver - Marquette, MI

“I met Roy thru his kids soccer where my son, Anaya, was their coach. Roy was quiet and soft spoken. Very caring and loving man to his wife and kids....Read More »
25 of 30 | Posted by: Cindy Jenkins - Oklahoma City, OK

“Rest in peace Roy. ”
26 of 30 | Posted by: Cindy Baker - Skandia, MI

“RIP sweet angel you will be missed dearly ”
27 of 30 | Posted by: toni halbritter - belgrade, MT

“Roy and his family were always a joy to be around we will miss them. ”
28 of 30 | Posted by: Lori & Larry Degenhardt - Wausau, WI

“Our prayers and love are with you. There are no words to express how deeply sad we feel for all you. With love Myra and Dave ”
29 of 30 | Posted by: Myra Vandenheede - Marshall, MI

“Silvia, My heart just aches for your loss. You are in my prayers. And all I can think is that Heaven is even more a better place! ”
30 of 30 | Posted by: Karen Hamerly - Wausau, WI


Roy Kato, 35, of Merrill, died Thursday, February 14, 2013 as a result of an automobile accident. He was born August 14, 1977 in Landsthul, Germany to Melvin & Silvia (Ekdahl) Kato. On May 9, 1998 he and Jenny Erickson were united in marriage in Eben Junction, MI. Roy was a 1996 graduate of Superior Central High School in Eben Junction, MI. After high school, Roy enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served until being honorably discharged in 1999. When Roy returned from the Air Force he lived and worked in Marquette. He and his family moved to the Wausau area where he eventually worked for Old Castle Glass Company. They moved to Oklahoma in 2008 and just recently returned to the Merrill/Wausau area. Roy was active in church and Boy Scouts. He was very involved with the Wausau Area JayCee's. He and Jenny were active in their children's sporting events. Roy loved to hunt and spend time in the outdoors but he especially loved his family and spending time with them. Survivors include his daughter: Brooke Kato, Merrill; mother: Silvia Kato, Merrill; sister: Trina (Dean) Berndt, Appleton; maternal grandparents: Larry & Marianne Ekdahl, Merrill; maternal great-grandmother: Bernice Ekdahl, Manistique, MI; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jenny Kato, son, Joshua Kato, father, Mike Kato, and paternal grandparents, Roy & Florence Kato. Services will be held 7 PM Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at Waid Funeral Home. The Rev. Freddy McMillen will officiate. Friends may call from 4-7 PM at the funeral home. Burial will take place in Merrill Memorial Park in the spring. A Memorial Service will be held in Skandia, MI at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to establish a trust account for his daughter, Brooke. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

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