Eric Barton Katzenberger, age 39, ended his own life on August 10, 2019 after a lifetime of struggle with chronic pain, life issues, and addictions. He spent his last day on Earth in the mountains surrounded by great friends.
Eric was born March 12, 1980 in Great Falls, Montana to Loren and Sheryl Katzenberger, of Highwood.
Eric spent his early years on the farm at Highwood, MT until his family moved to Saskatoon SK in 1985 when his father, Loren, started a manufacturing business, Precision Metal Fabricating in Saskatoon. He attended St. George Catholic School in Saskatoon until 1991 when his family relocated to Rosetown SK where they lived until 1993.
Eric then moved to Montana with his mother, Sheryl, and attended Blessed Trinity School, where Sheryl taught. In 1994, the family moved back to Rosetown where he excelled in track and cross country before returning to Saskatoon and finishing at Holy Cross High School.
In 1999, Eric met and married the love of his life, Renee Walker. At this time, Eric was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, a debilitating form of arthritis which caused him great pain. Thanks to a trial medication, he was able to function somewhat normally, although usually still with some pain.
Eric loved playing Softball with Renee and his friends, the Black T-shirt Gang, who were a force to contend with. The next few years, Eric worked at Precision Metal Fabricating, and was very proud of the work he did there. He also loved anything with wheels, and driving fast. He fixed up and sold cars, and built a very nice F-body Mustang that his father still has, and a Smokey and the Bandit car. Eric also had a car detailing business, and took great pride in transforming cars into like-new condition.
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