Frederick "Rick" N. Kotovic

September 14, 1971 ~ July 24, 2022 (age 50) 50 Years Old

Frederick "Rick" Kotovic Obituary

Our hearts are broken to announce the passing of a beautiful man, Frederick Kotovic, on July 24, 2022.  Rick was a devoted, loving husband to Nancy Hughes Kotovic and was a dedicated and loving father to Elizabeth and John. Rick's family was the love of his life. He was a dear friend to many in the Minnetonka community, as well as his community in Wisconsin. The most important things in Rick's life were faith, family, and friends. 

Rick Kotovic was born in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, on September 14, 1971.  “Ricky” was the youngest child of Shelley and Charles Kotovic.  Rick had an amazing relationship with his parents, and he was deeply loved by his four older siblings: Christa, Barbie, Annie, and Charlie. His sixteen nieces and nephews brought great joy to his life - he loved them immensely.

One of Rick’s greatest passions in life was sailing. He was an accomplished, competitive sailor, earning countless awards and winning national championships. While Rick and his teams won many races, he always believed that the most important parts of his sailing career were the amazing friendships he made within the sailing community. He loved all of his friends dearly and was always ready to help, on and off the water. 

Prior to moving to Minnesota as an adult, Rick graduated from the University School of Milwaukee in 1990.  He went on to earn a degree from the Milwaukee School of Engineering with a BS in Industrial Engineering. Rick was a successful businessman working primarily in the financial trading business and in software application sales.  He was an active member of the Minnetonka Excelsior Rotary Club, the Wayzata Lake Effect Conservancy Board, and the  Minnetonka Yacht Club.  He served on many boards, including the National E-Scow Board from 2013 - 2016.  

Rick is survived by his wife Nancy Hughes Kotovic; his two children, Elizabeth Hughes Kotovic and John Frederick Kotovic; his loving parents, Charles and Shelley Kotovic; his sister, Christa Banholzer and her husband, Scot; his brother, Charlie Kotovic and his wife, Kathryn; his sister, Barbie Sprinkman; and his sister, Annie Huber. Rick is also survived by Nancy’s family, including his parents-in-law, Anne and John Hughes; his sister-in-law, Mary Scheid and her husband, Chris; and his brother-in-law, Pat Hughes and his wife, Chrisy.  Finally, Rick is survived by his 16 nieces and nephews from both sides of his family.  Uncle Ricky will be deeply missed.  

Visitation for Rick will be 3-6 p.m. Sunday, July 31, 2022 at David Lee Funeral Home, 1220 East Wayzata Boulevard, Wayzata.  Mass of Christian Burial 1:00 p.m. Monday, August 1, 2022 at the Church of St. Bartholomew, 630 East Wayzata Boulevard, Wayzata.

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July 31, 2022

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
David Lee Funeral Chapel
1220 East Wayzata Blvd
Wayzata, MN 55391

Mass of Christian Burial
August 1, 2022

1:00 PM
The Church of Saint Bartholomew
630 East Wayzata Blvd
Wayzata, MN 55391


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