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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, is owned by the father and son team, Dick and John Kaatz. Between the pair and their dedicated staff, they currently own and manage four state-of-the-art facilities in Saint Clair and Macomb Counties. The history of Kaatz Funeral Directors is a 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.


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    1960

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

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    1964

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

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    1965

    Dick establishes a funeral home in Lexington, MI.

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    1972

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

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    1983

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

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    1986

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

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    2001

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

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    2006

    Kaatz Funeral Home, Avoca, closes its doors.

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    2007

    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.

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    2017

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

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    2019

    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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