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Bryon Louis Katrovitz

Bryon Louis Katrovitz, of Pulaski, Va., passed away peacefully at home Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, after a long battle with illnesses related to his military service.

Bryon was a very proud Air Force veteran who served his country during the Iraq conflict with honor and as a result, received many awards for his service. These include the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Military Education Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Training Ribbon, Air Force Longevity of Service Award and the Cold War Victory Commemorative.

Bryon’s primary specialty was as a 30353 Auto Tracking Radar Specialist, providing security and surveillance of foreign countries. While assigned to Strategic Air Command in Havre, Mont. as part of the Malmstrom Air Force Base, Bryon was awarded the Intellectual Excellence Award, Certification of Commendation Award, Air Force Commendation Medal, Havre Chamber Military Affairs Committee Certification of Recognition, Airman of the Year, and Non-commissioned Officer of the Year.

Bryon was an avid learner and strove to increase his knowledge and expertise in his chosen field with over 200 letters of appreciation and certificates of Professional Military Education including: his associates degree in management and leadership from the Air Force Academy; principles of management from Northern Montana College; radar repair course, NCO preparatory course, automatic tracking radar specialist course, trainer/supervisor at Sheppard Technical, Minot Air Force Base North Dakota; help committee functions guard at Northern Montana College and Havre High School, equipment maintenance badge, Strategic Air Command USAF Detachment.

After his many years of service, Bryon settled down to the bucolic country life he had always dreamed of. Joined by his devoted wife, dogs, cats, horses, a pig and a macaw, he created memories that will live on forever in the hearts of those who loved him.

Bryon is survived by the love of his life, Adele Katrovitz of Pulaski, Va.; his son, Brandon (Katrovitz) Travis of Havre, Mont., and his step children, Rachel Hancocks and David Hancocks; sisters, Debbie Hines and mate Stevin Lewis of Waverly, Tenn., Alice Chapman of Houma, La., Dr. Charlotte Moore and husband Bobby Moore of Hampton, Va.; special nephews, Michael and Robert Moore and family, Stacey Brown and family, Heather Coats and family, Natashia Katrovitz and family, Jolie Duet and family; sisters-in-law, Karen Revely, Wendy Holland Bowyer and Vikki Holland Bowyer and families; stepmother Cathy Katrovitz, and mother-in-law, Jan Holland Bowyer.

Preceding Bryon in death are his mother, Sue Pounds Katrovitz, and father, Philip Katrovitz.

Visitation is Thursday, Aug. 8, 6-8 p.m. at Stevens Funeral Home in Pulaski, Va.

A military service is being held at Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Dublin, Va., Friday Aug. 9, at 1:30 p.m.

As Bryon was a huge animal lover and rescuer, in lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please donate to your local animal shelter or rescue organization.

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