Our Story

Our Story

For nearly five decades, the Kaatz team has been an ultimate provider in both traditional and cremation services in Yale, MI, and surrounding areas. We are honored to be a part of the rich history of this community and plan to be a part of it for many years to come.

Kaatz Funeral Directors, Incorporated, was owned and operated by Dick Kaatz and then managed for many years as a father-son duo with his son, John. John Kaatz continues to carry on his father's legacy owning and operating the four funeral homes. John, with the help of his dedicated staff, currently manage four state-of-the-art facilities in Saint Clair and Macomb Counties. The history of Kaatz Funeral Directors dates back over 50 years. Although some things change with time, the passion the Kaatz team has for assisting families and lessening the burden in their time of need has not.



    Dick Kaatz graduates from Wayne State University, Detroit. He purchases his first location, Peter’s Funeral Home, Yale.



    Dick starts Michigan Monument Company, offering a full line of discounted cemetery markers in granite, bronze, and marble in standard and custom sizes.



    Dick establishes a funeral home in Lexington, MI.



    An additional location in Yale, the Gillian Funeral Home, was purchased and closed down to join the Peter’s- Kaatz Funeral Home.



    John Kaatz graduates from Worsham Mortuary College, Chicago, and the Rister Funeral Home, Avoca, was purchased to expand Kaatz Funeral Home even further.



    The Barnard Funeral Home, Capac, was purchased by the Kaatz team.



    The Kaatz team establishes a state-of-the-art funeral facility in Richmond, MI.



    Kaatz Funeral Home, Avoca, closes its doors.



    Remodeling and expansion took place at the original Yale location, introducing a second, larger chapel to meet the needs of more families and the addition of a children's play area.



    The Kaatz team purchased the W.R. Hamilton Funeral Home, Mt. Clemens, the oldest family-owned funeral home in Michigan.



    After two years of renovations, the Kaatz Hamilton-Groesbeck Chapel, Mt. Clemens, officially opens as the current fourth location.

The Kaatz philosophy is simple: Earn the family's trust with economical and enriching service, awareness of changing needs, continued improvements in facilities and equipment and advanced professional education of the Kaatz staff.

Kaatz Funeral Directors - Yale
10 S. Main St.
Yale, MI 48097
P: (810) 387-3939 | DIRECTIONS

Kaatz Funeral Directors - Capac
202 N. Main St.
Capac, MI 48014
P: (810) 395-2600 | DIRECTIONS

Kaatz Funeral Directors - Richmond
71235 Memphis Ridge Rd.
Richmond, MI 48062
P: (586) 727-3434 | DIRECTIONS

Kaatz Funeral Directors – Hamilton-Groesbeck Chapel
226 Crocker Blvd.
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
P: (586) 421-5047 | DIRECTIONS

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