Jerry Katleman, a real estate developer and business leader, passed away peacefully at home on Jan. 10 surrounded by his loving family. Services were held on Jan. 12 at Congregation Beth Israel in San Diego, CA.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Margaret Katleman; daughters, Laura Katleman, Beth Katleman, Stephanie Katleman, Karen Battenberg, and daughters and sons-in-law, Suzanne and Derek Emge, Cynthia Battenberg and Humberto Renata; ten grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Joel Katleman and Marilyn Ruck, and sister and brother-in-law, Janice and Phil Wayne.
He was born on March 13 1931 in Omaha to David and Margurite Greenfield Katleman and was the eldest of three children. He graduated from Babson University and attended Wharton School of Business before joining the US Navy, serving as Lieutenant in the Korean War. He was instrumental in building affordable housing in Park Forest, IL, and San Di-ego, CA.
Jerry served on a number of boards among them were Congregation Beth Israel, the Jewish Community Foundation, the Seacrest Village Re-tirement Community, and others. An enthusiastic golfer, tennis player, and traveler, he cultivated friendships wherever he went. Jerry was a loving and devoted father and husband. His greatest pleasure was his family and he was known for beginning family gatherings with,“Aren’t we lucky!”
Memorials may be made to Congregation Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Center Drive San Diego, CA, or Jewish Family Service, 8804 Balboa Ave., or the organization of your choice.