James Katzer passed away on Friday, November 2, 2012 surrounded by his loving family.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 4, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home with services on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. For further information or to send a condolence please visit www.mitchellfh.com or call (641) 844-1234. The Mitchell Family Funeral Home is caring for James and his family.
James Robert Katzer was born to Robert Katzer and Velma McWilliams on September 30, 1941 in Grundy County, Iowa. James earned his doctorate of philosophy from MIT and received his undergraduate degree from Iowa State. James R Katzer Chemical Engineer was an Affiliate Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Iowa State University and on the Iowa State University Technical Advisory Council, Technical Advisory Board at China National Institute for clean and low-carbon fuels. He retired in 2004 from Exxon Mobile Corporation.
On June 25th, 1980 he married Isabelle A McGregor in Boston, Massachusetts and later would call Blue Hill, Maine and Washington D.C. home. Dr. Katzer held membership in the National Academy of Engineering, Cosmos Club and the Blue Hill Garden Club.
In James free time he loved to sail and garden. James had an infinity for describing things but never complained a day in his life.
James is survived by his wife of 32 years Isabelle, mother Velma Sheller; son Robert James MD (Jenni) Katzer and their daughter Autumn Elizabeth Katzer; daughter Ann Louie Katzer; brothers Wayne Katzer, Ken (Sharon) Katzer; and sister Joann Katzer.
In death, James rejoins his father and son Michael Katzer.