Gus served in the US Army 1968 to 1970 where he was stationed in the DMZ in South Korea. There he was exposed to Agent Orange which contributed to his declining health. Gus was proud to serve his country and continued to serve in the National Guard.
Gus was of Greek heritage and grew up speaking Greek. He was baptized in Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. He was the son of the late George and Helen “Nitsa” Katosris. That heritage formed his identity and became an essential part of who he was.
He is survived by his son, Brett Bucholtz, daughter, Luanne (Bruce) Bytwerk, sister Kathy (Richard) Bishop, grandchildren, Noah, Nick, Jordan, Alexis, along with loving family and close friends.
When Gus’s father came to Grand Rapids from Greece he learned the trade of shoe repairman and operated the George Katsoris Shoe Repair in Eastown Village. Eventually Gus stepped in to help his father and learned the trade. Gus was topnotch like his father and both had become respected businessmen in the Eastown district. Gus was very mechanically inclined and gifted in repairing and restoring your favorite pair of shoes.
After his father’s passing, the family can honestly say Gus devoted himself to caring for his mother until she passed away in 2010.
Gus was proud of his beautifully decorated condo. His favorite hobby and conversation was cars, especially his Mustang which he periodically showed.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, between 7-9pm at the Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 4921 Cascade Rd. SE. A Trisagion service will be held at 8:30pm. The funeral will be held Thursday at 11am with visitation one hour prior at 10am at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 330 Lakeside Dr. NE.
Those that wish to express their sympathy on Gus’s behalf may make contributions to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.
His final resting place will be at Restlawn Memorial Park, near his parents.
Gus, you will be missed. We love you. Your cousins, Jim Galanis, Stella Page, and Carol Dyer.
“ZOI SE SAS” !!
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Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
330 Lakeside Dr. NE, Grand Rapids MI 49503