Carl Edward Kautzman
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Carl Edward Kautzman, 63, passed away July 21, 2013, at his home, surrounded by family and friends. He was born June 15, 1950, in Evansville, to Harold E. and Rita (Lewis) Kautzman.
Carl was a graduate of Rex Mundi High School, where he played drums for the marching and concert bands. Carl was also a musician in various dance bands throughout his life. Besides percussion instruments, he played keyboards, acoustic guitar and electric bass. Listening to and playing music were only two of his interests. Carl also enjoyed several water sports, including boating, fishing and skiing. Ready to tackle any new challenge, he built his own home in Evansville and did ongoing remodeling on his getaway residence at Kentucky Lake. Carl held a pilot's license and co-owned a plane. He traveled extensively, visiting most of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as foreign countries such as France, Columbia and New Zealand. He owned his own business, A-1 Appliance Service, for over 35 years. He had learned air-conditioning repair while serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Huachuca in Arizona during the Vietnam War. Later, he branched out to repairing all kinds of commercial and home appliances. Carl, always generous with his time and talents, fixed his friends' appliances for free and assisted them on their building projects. He will be sorely missed by many, not only for the help he gave, but also for his infectiously fun-loving personality, his adventurousness, his leadership and his rebel ways. Carl was primarily self-taught in many fields. An innately curious, intellectually gifted individual, he became a skilled technician in a wide spectrum of pursuits. These included computer hardware and software. Those talents led to his working as a subcontracted computer technician for Audience Response. That company sent Carl on assignments throughout the U.S. and abroad, gauging public response at product conventions. His ability to design and devise whatever was needed with whatever was available earned him the nickname "MacGyver."
Carl was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Yvonne (Austin). He is survived by his second wife, Margaret; his stepdaughter, Marie Angela (Todd) Horton, of Evansville; his sister, Karen (Bill) Sartoris, of Bloomington, Indiana; and his nephew, Tony (Stacy) Sartoris, of Golden, Colorado.
His family would like to thank all the Gentiva Hospice personnel who helped make his final months comfortable ones. Special gratitude goes out to his nurses, Casey and Jennifer, and his social worker, Katie. Carl's family also deeply appreciates his multitude of friends who provided support and comfort throughout his illness.
Carl asked that his body be donated for anatomical education. No services are planned. Memorial contributions can be made to Gentiva Hospice, 323 Metro Ave., Evansville IN 47715 or the
Published in Courier Press on July 23, 2013