Allen Edgar Kautz
ESTHERVILLE – A celebration of life for Allen Edgar Kautz, 63, of Estherville will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel in Estherville with Pastor Don Rehner officiating. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Tuesday at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel. Interment will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery with military graveside rites by VFW Post 3388 and American Legion Post 91 of Estherville.
He died Sunday, March 13, 2011, at Avera Holy Family Hospital in Estherville.
Allen Edgar Kautz, the son of Edgar Allen and Getrude Louise (Guenterburg) Kautz, was born Sept. 15, 1947, in Estherville. He grew up in Huntington. Allen attended Estherville schools and Iowa Lakes Community College.
Allen served in the United States Navy from 1965-1968 on the destroyer radar pickett USS Frank Knox (DDR). He earned the rank machinist’s mate third class and worked in the ship’s engine room. On April 4, 1970, he was united in marriage to Linda George at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ringsted. Allen worked at Arts Way; John Morrell’s; Stylecraft; Estherville Foods; Medieval Glass; GKN and Rosenbooms.
He was a member of Estherville Lutheran Church; Jaycees; 16-year member of the Estherville Fire Department and a lifetime member of the VFW. For hobbies Allen enjoyed hunting; fishing; camping; reading Louis Lamour Westerns; NASCAR; solitaire and especially spending time with his grandchildren. He enjoyed his almost daily trips to Casey’s for donuts and usually would walk out with a scratch ticket or two. Allen also loved hanging out in Grandpa’s Workshop.
Left to cherish Allen’s memory is his wife, Linda, of Estherville; sons, Jeff Kautz and his wife, Renee, of Estherville and Corey Kautz and his wife, Carrie, of Urbandale; grandchildren, Kelsey, Alec, Amanda and Janette; brother, David Kautz and his wife, Nancy, of Buford, Ga.; sisters, Erma Keho and her husband, Thomas, of Des Moines and Peggy Johnson and her husband, Larry, of Knoxville. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Karen; aunts and uncles; close friends and his dog, Mack. Online condolences may be sent to www.henryolsonfuneral.com