John “Jack” Kautz


John “Jack” Arthur Kautz, 94, died Tuesday, July 9, 2024 at Mayo Clinic Hospital-St Marys Campus with his children by his side.

John was born on May 30, 1930 to Arthur and Helen (Murray) Kautz in Rochester, MN. On September 26, 1947 he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was honorable discharged as a corporal on September 3, 1951. Then he married Jeannette Kieffer on September 25, 1954. They had 6 children. They later divorced. He was a farmer and a construction foreman for many years. He also owned several businesses. He married Cecelia “Dee” Preibe in January of 1982. Dee died September 14, 2023.

Jack enjoyed spending his winters in Arizona, flipping houses, working with horses, the occasional trips to Treasure Island, and spending time with his family.

Jack is survived by his sons, Larry (Brenda) Kautz, Terry Kautz; daughters, Lynette (Rick) Bruske, Jodene (John) Olson; 2 brothers, Kenny Kautz, Richard (Jane) Kautz; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great grandchildren.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Dee; infant daughter; son, Brian; daughter-in-law, Deborah; 3 sisters; and 2 brothers.

A funeral liturgy at 1pm on Saturday, July 20, 2024 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 30932 MN-60, West Albany Township, MN. A celebration of life will follow at the VFW in Zumbro Falls from 2-5pm. A private burial will be held in the Saint Clements Catholic Cemetery,  Hammond, MN.

The family would like to thank Green Prairie Assisted Living for the love and care they gave him for the past two years. Also, the St Marys staff that cared for him in his last days.

Jack will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

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8 thoughts on “John “Jack” Kautz

  1. Larry and Brenda,
    Sending our sympathy to you and the family during this time of loss.
    Keeping you all in our prayers.
    Jerry and Dawn Wehrs

  2. He was a lovely man Truly beloved by his wonderful family and friend
    He’s dancing in heaven with his wife Dee

  3. Love, hugs and prayers to you all he was a beautiful person inside and out!!!

  4. Sending our sympathy to Larry and Brenda, and his entire family and friends.
    He will be missed.

  5. You will be missed forever and always. I could not have asked for a better father figure in my life. You made my mama so happy give her a big hug for me up there. I love you both.

  6. Sending our condolences to your families at this sad time. With sympathy, Ted & Shirley Lehmann

  7. Thinking of you all in this time of loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Tom and Carol Cassidy

  8. So sorry for your loss ,my sympathy to all of his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all

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