Leonard Yagatich Jr., Owner Of Hvac Firm

August 28, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Leonard Albert Yagatich Jr., founder and owner of a Sykesville heating, ventilating and air-conditioning firm who was also an auto enthusiast, died of cancer Sunday at Carroll Hospice's Dove House in Westminster. He was 55.

Mr. Yagatich was born and raised in Pittsburgh, where he graduated in 1972 from St. Michael's Catholic High School. He served in the Navy for a year and was discharged in 1976 because of an injury.

In 1978, he established Target Controls, an HVAC company, in Pittsburgh. He moved to Westminster in 1985 and relocated the business to Sykesville.

Mr. Yagatich was a fan of the Prowler, a hot rod that was produced by Chrysler Corp. from 1997 to 2002.

Mr. Yagatich's model was a dark blue 2002 Prowler.

"He spent hours working in his garage painting and customizing it," said his daughter, Melissa Panzer of Hanover, Pa. "He had several passions in his life: his family, business and the Prowler."

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster.

Also surviving are his wife of 26 years, the former Denise Hoffman; a son, Leonard A. Yagatich III of Westminster; his mother, Agnes Happe Yagatich; a brother, John Yagatich; and a sister, Karen Yagatich, all of Pittsburgh; and three grandchildren.

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