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January 20, 2020

1/9/2020 2:46:00 PM
Leo Kautz

Leo M. Kautz was born March 31, 1931 in Artas, South Dakota to parents Gottlieb and Katherine (Geiser) Kautz.  

He attended school and worked on the farm.  Leo went into the Navy on September 27, 1950 and was discharged on July 26, 1954.  He was stationed in Guam.  It was in the Navy where he learned his trade as a pipefitter and then obtained his Journeyman and Masters license in pipefitting.

Leo met Mary M. Lesnar in 1952 while he was home on leave from the Navy.  They were united in marriage on September 26, 1955 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grenville, South Dakota.  To this union two children were born Debbie in 1956 and Mike in 1959.

The family moved to New Hope, Minnesota in 1969 and lived there for two years before purchasing and living in a home in Golden Valley for 22 years.  In 1993 they bought a lake home on Lake Amelia in Glenwood, Minnesota and moved to Lindstrom, Minnesota in 2004.  In December of 2019, Leo entered the Margaret S. Parmly Residence in Chisago City, Minnesota.

Leo is preceded in death by his wife of 62 plus years Mary, his parents Gottlieb and Katherine Kautz; siblings Rose (Albert) Phiffle, Edna (Doug) Doss, Violet (Alfred) Bauer, Eugene (Loraine) Kautz, and Art (Ramona) Kautz.

He is survived by his children Debbie Hamer and Mike (Kerri) Kautz; grandchildren Breanna (Alex) Kruse, Angie (Brady) Olson, Nicole Hamer, and Ashley Hamer; great grandchildren Haven and Rhodes, Leighton and Brecken; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Friday, January 10, at St. Bridget Catholic Church in Lindstrom with visitation one hour prior to the Mass at Church.  

A private family interment will be held at a later date.  Arrangements by  Grandstrand Funeral Home in Lindstrom.  Condolences may be expressed online at www.grandstrandfh.com



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