Frank J. Kotch, Saginaw, Michigan

Being the strong soldier that he was, went to be with God on September 20, 2009. For those of you that have met him, you may remember him as the dad yelling in the stands at the football game, wrestling meet and even crying at dance recitals. We remember him as the man that gave us our strong work ethic. He taught us how to build and fix things with our hands. He felt as we do today, why pay someone for something when you can do it yourself. We remember him as the man that would protect his family from any threat, no matter how much bigger the other guy (or guys) were. In his career with GM, he was many things to many people. As a benefit plans rep., he helped thousands of people get the benefits they deserved when they had no other option. As the president of Local 455, he gave countless hours to the rights of laborers, air quality for shop workers, and fought the hard fight of equal rights; regardless of the color of their skin, they were all his brothers and sisters. He brought his many passions to many people, including the fundraising and commissioning of the Saginaw Soap Box Derby Park in Buena Vista while he was president of that association. Bringing an opportunity for youth in Saginaw to spend quality time with their families while building and racing down the quarter mile track. His wife and soulmate Patty proved to be his angel as she stayed by his side to the very end. Her love was unconditional and true. Frank is the son of Blanche Welnicki and John Kotch and the brother of John, all predeceased. Frank is survived by his wife Patty, children Deanne Scott, Dawn Kotch (Bryan Hora), Frank Kotch Jr. (Ammiee), Deidre Kotch (Brett Cicinelli), Stacy Kotch (Sean Aulbach), Doug Orwig, his sister Agnes Kotch and 10 grandchildren. God bless you Frank, we all love you and miss you. Cremation and a memorial service have taken place with arrangements made with the McIntyre Funeral Chapel, 500 N. Michigan Ave.