Christopher Elliott Catlett, 48, was born September 23, 1969 in Greenville, OH to the late James Earl and Leone (Kunkleman) Catlett. He passed from this Earth on September 1, 2018 from Cancer at Marietta Memorial Hospital.
For the first 10 years of Chris’s life he lived in the rural Dayton area where both his mother’s and father’s families lived. Then, in 1980 his dad found a little piece of property on the Ohio River in Reedsville, Ohio, where he took a chance and moved his little family. They were embraced by the new community who soon became a second or extended family. Chris cherished being raised on the river by the woods. He loved boating and fishing, four wheeling and exploring in the woods. His passion for motorcycles turned the yard into a dirt track in his teenage years. Chris had many passions in life but his family and friends were always the most important. He never met a stranger and would always refer to others as “my good friend, so and so”. He was a proud Alumni of Eastern Local High School Class of 1987 and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Class of 1990. In 1993, he followed in his Father’s footsteps and became a member of The Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 162 Dayton, OH. He was a proud union man and spent 28 years in the trade after retiring in January 2018.
He is survived by his wife Lisa of 20 years, son Corbett James 19 and Layna Mary 15. His most precious passion was his children. He worked very hard to provide for his wife and children, which often meant working far away from home. He had a love for sports that he shared with Corbett and love of animals that he shared with Layna. He was their biggest fan watching them both grow as athletes. He loved to cook and was definitely the chef of the family. He had a love for grilling and planning meals with family and friends. He was strong, but gentle, with a heart as big as the sun. He is also survived by his sisters Janet Unger Wogoman of Maryville, TN, Pamela Combs of Tipp City, OH, and Mary (Perdas) Miller of Pomeroy, OH.
He was preceded in death by both parents and brother Jerry Unger.
Calling hours will be Tuesday, September 4, 2018 2-8 p.m. at White-Schwarzel Funeral Home in Coolville, OH, and graveside services will be Wednesday September 5, 2018, 11 a.m. at Heiney Cemetery in Reedsville,OH. There will be a dinner following the service at Bethel Worship Center.