George T. Kautz Jr. Pittstown- George T. Kautz Jr., 66, a lifelong resident of Pittstown, died suddenly Wednesday, May 7, 2014, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Born January 1, 1948 in Troy, George was the son of the late George T. and Dora (Hoffay) Kautz Sr. and the father of the late Jeremiah B. Kautz. George attended both Parker School in Pittstown and Tamarac High School in Brunswick. In 1966 he enlisted in the United States Army
and served in Viet Nam. On February 17, 1969, George was awarded a Purple Heart
medal for wounds he received in combat action on July 22, 1968. At the time of his retirement and honorable discharge from the Army in 1972, George had earned the rank of Specialist Fourth Grade. After returning home from the service as a disabled veteran
, George honed his carpentry skills and became a self-taught, self-employed, cabinetmaker, working from his home shop for neighbors and friends. George was a solitary soul who loved wood working and enjoyed gardening. He especially enjoyed the companionship of his “little buddy” Patches the dog and taking rides in his pickup truck with him. George was a former member and EMT of the Pittstown Volunteer Emergency Corps. He is survived by three sisters and a brother, Mary E. Rondeau of Menands, Ronald D. and Lucila Kautz of Morrisonville, Susan E. Kautz of Schenectady and Elva Bennison of Brunswick, special lifelong friends; Clark Edelmann and Melinda Plasse; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents and son, a brother, the late Karl J. Kautz predeceased him in 1977. A private committal service followed by burial with full military honors was held at the Gerald B.H. Solomon, Saratoga National Veteran’s Cemetery in Schuylerville. Memorial contributions, at the request of the Kautz family may be made to; The Animal Support Project, c/o Melinda Plasse, P.O. Box 68, Cropseyville, NY 12052 in memory of George T. Kautz Jr.