Rodney Stephen Hotz

Rodney Stephen Hotz, 70, of Fremont, passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born in Fremont Nov. 25, 1942, to Norbert J. and Dorothy M. (Burgoon) Hotz and he lived his entire life in Fremont. He was educated at Saint Ann’s elementary and Saint Joseph’s High School where he graduated in 1960.

Rodney worked at the Fremont Foundry and Tischler’s Gas Station before beginning employment at Whitey’s Automotive. He purchased Whitey’s Automotive in 1974 and retired in 2008 after 36 years as a business owner in the community. He was a lifelong member of Saint Ann’s Catholic Church, and held memberships in the Loyal Order of Moose since 1967 and the Fremont Elks Lodge since 1981. He was also a previous board member of the Sandusky County Chamber of Commerce serving as the president of the visitors bureau. He was an accomplished mechanic and woodworker who enjoyed gardening, golfing and spending time with family and loved ones who will miss him dearly.

He is survived by his wife Barbara (Shiley) Hotz of Fremont; sister, Patricia (Hotz) Wasserman and husband Dan of Fremont; two brothers, Philip Hotz and wife Linda of Fremont and Gregory Hotz and wife Allison of Springfield, Va.; two sons Tony Hotz and wife Jennifer of Fremont and Samuel Hotz and wife Maryhelen of California, Md.; one daughter Pamela (Hotz) Taylor and husband Zachery of Cincinnati; two stepdaughters Tina Carter and fiance Greg Roush of Helena and Tonia (Carter) Bollenbacher and husband Jim of Fremont; eight grandchildren, T.J. and Chris Hotz, Britany, Trent and Haley Taylor, Grady and Samantha Hotz and Jared Katz; and two great-grandchildren, Cloie and Carlie Hotz.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Normalea T. (Hotz) Kelbley.

Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at Herman-Kinn-Karlovetz Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 900 North St., Fremont OH 43420.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Saint Ann’s Catholic Church, 1011 W State St., Fremont, OH 43420 with Fr. Jacob Gordon officiating. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Fremont.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to Heartland Hospice, 907 W. State St., Fremont, OH 43420 or The American Cancer Society at


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