Ulvis Katlaps

March 20, 1968 – Aug. 20, 2013

Ulvis Katlaps, 45, born on March 20, 1968, in Riga, Latvia, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, in Waukesha.

Early in his childhood, he discovered his passion for the game of hockey. He enjoyed a remarkable playing career including professional hockey in the Soviet Elite League for Dinamo Riga, college hockey for the Wisconsin Badgers, and for his home club in Riga, Saga. Ulvis also won a gold medal competing in the World Junior Championships for the Soviet Union.

Off the ice, Ulvis’ greatest pride was the love he shared with his wife, Kelly; two children, Zach and Sydney; and bulldog, Stanley.

He is also the son of Elmars and the late Velta of Riga, Latvia; son-in-law of Jim and Carol Vanderveldt; brother-in-law of Tracey (Kevin) Scharnek, Jamie (Andrea) Vanderveldt and Nicole (Joe) Scrima; and uncle of Chase, Riley, McKenna, Kayden, Alexandra, Jake, Sophia, Casey and the late Will. He is further survived by the Repins family, the Bukarts family, other special Latvian friends and family and the hockey community here and abroad.

His favorite hobbies included golf, soccer, tennis, Formula 1 racing and watching his legendary team the Detroit Red Wings. His education achievements included a journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ulvis also was passionate about his work at Skylands Capital as a trader. Some of the most fulfilling moments came from coaching for the Wisconsin AAA and Milwaukee Jr. Admirals youth hockey clubs over the last 12 years. His charisma, wit and charm drew respect from all who met him and allowed him to develop everlasting friendships from all facets of life. He was a natural born leader and role model, helping many young hockey players achieve their dreams both on and off the ice. Ulvis has touched so many lives and will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and members of the Wisconsin and Latvian hockey communities.

Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until the 6 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at St. William Catholic Church, 440 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. Private Interment will be at Wisconsin Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be used for his children’s scholarship fund.

Schaff Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 414 541-7533 or visit online at www.schafffuneralservice.com.