Donald E. Kautz, 93, of 51 Rockland Ave., Bradford, and formerly of Bath, N.Y., passed away Monday (June 16, 2014) at Bradford Regional Medical Center.
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Born July 10, 1920, in Bradford, he was a son of the late Paul R. and Bertha Scheiterle Kautz. On Aug. 5, 1950, in Bradford, he married Mildred I. Potter Kautz, who died on Nov. 13, 1980.
Mr. Kautz was a 1938 graduate of Bradford High School. On July 23, 1942, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corp. and served during World War II in India and Burma. He was awarded the American Theater Ribbon, and the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, with one Bronze Star. He was honorably discharged on March 21, 1946.
After returning home from the service, he worked from 1946 to 1956 as a meat cutter at Loblaws and A&P Grocery Stores in Bradford. For the next 21 years he worked in Bath at the A&P Grocery Store and retired as meat manager.
He was an active member of the Grace Lutheran Church. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge in Bath and a member of the VFW in Bradford.
Surviving is one daughter, Suzanne I. (John) Smalt of Victor, N.Y.; one son, Donald (Susan) Kautz of Houston, Texas; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth Thornton of Buffalo, N.Y., and Mary Ann Kautz of Bradford; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and two brothers, Richard P. Kautz and Charles B. Kautz.
Family will be receiving friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday in the Grace Lutheran Church, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Patrick Cox, pastor, officiating. Committal services and military honors will be accorded in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette, at 2 p.m. Funeral arrangement are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church, 79 Mechanic St., Bradford, PA 16701.
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com.
Published in The Bradford Era from June 18 to June 25, 2014