US Army

Charles John Kotaska, Jr.

June 25, 1948 ~ August 11, 2020 (age 72)


Charles John Kotaska, Jr., 72 of  LaPorte, formerly of New Buffalo  passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at Golden LivingCenter-Fountainview Terrace, LaPorte.  

A funeral service will be held 11:00 AM Monday, August 17, 2020 at  Boyd Chapel of Pike Funeral and Cremation Services, 9191 Red Arrow Highway, Bridgman, with  Reverend Father John Peter Ambrose  officiating.  Friends may meet with the family from 10-11 am prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Memorials can be given to Knights of Columbus, P.O.Box 293, New Buffalo, MI 49117. Online condolences accepted at

Charles  was born  Friday, June 25, 1948,  in Three Oaks, MI, the son of the late  Charles John and Frances Ann (Tucek) Kotaska, Sr.  Charles was raised on a farm in Three Oaks.  He worked at Schoraders Supermarket in Three Oaks, Bethlehem Steel and Westville Correctional Facility.  He served two years in the United States Army and one year in Vietnam.  Charles loved watching sports and playing cards with his family and listening to music. Charles belonged to the Knights of Columbus, St. Mary of the Lake and was a third degree member.

Survivors include his three sons: Joe Kotaska, David (Shelly) Kotaska and Scott Kotaska; step children: Raymond, Ryan Spencer, Jeanette Ibrahim and Francis Banas; ten grandchildren; two great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and cousins.

Charles was preceded in death by his father, mother and sister Marie Hughes.

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August 17, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Pike Funeral Home, Boyd Chapel
9191 Red Arrow HIghway
Bridgman, MI 49106

Funeral Service
August 17, 2020

11:00 AM
Pike Funeral and Cremation Services

Video is available for this event

August 17, 2020

Graceland Cemetery
8350 Red Arrow Hwy
Bridgman, MI 49106


Knight of Columbus
P.O.Box 293, New Buffalo MI 49117

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