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Emil R. Kautz

Emil R. Kautz, age 77, of Silver Lake, died Tuesday morning, Sept. 28, 2004 at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care.

He was born Dec. 13, 1926 in Stockholm Township, Wright County, the only child of Roman and Stanislava “Stella” Swendra Kautz.

Emil Kautz and Agnes Haekenkamp were joined in holy marriage Feb. 3, 1948, and in years to come, were blessed with four children: Susie, Larry, Dale, and Linda.

During their earlier years together, Emil and Agnes lived on farms in Hale Township, McLeod County, until 1967, and then moved into Silver Lake.

Emil was a lifetime member of Knights of Columbus Mother Cabrini Council 1841, a charter member of Sons of the American Legion for 17 years, Silver Lake Senior Citizens, a former member of the Silver Lake City Council, and a volunteer for the dining site for 11 years.

Emil was active in the Pola-Czesky Committee for 30 years, and was chairman of “Music in the Park” for 11 years. He was a past grand marshal of the parade, and a chairman for the polka Mass and jam session.

Emil was a lifelong member of the Catholic church in Silver Lake.

After engaging in dairy farming, he was employed by Pure Milk Creamery, hauling cans of milk. He was later employed for Advance Machine in Plymouth, where he retired from.

In 1982, he suffered a heart attack.

During his retirement, he worked in his shop making crafts, building and repairing anything that anyone wanted done.

Emil loved music all of his life and played many instruments, playing everything by ear. He played the clarinet and saxophone in Harry Jerabek’s Band. He also played the piano, accordion, drums, keyboard, and harmonica.

Besides music he enjoyed camping, fishing, crafts, sports, dancing, and teasing his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Emil is survived by his loving wife, Agnes Kautz; daughters Susie Horejsi and husband David, and Linda Nelson and husband Randy, all of Silver Lake; sons Larry Kautz and wife Kathleen of Cokato, and Dale Kautz and wife Joanne of Silver Lake.

He is further survived by seven grandchildren: Karen (Horejsi) Klatt and husband Jim, Sharon (Horejsi) Olsen and husband Jerry, Tiffany Kautz, Jason Kautz and wife Noel, Chad Kautz and wife Jackie, Davis Kautz, and Amber Kautz; and five great-grandchildren: Justin, Taylor, and Ryan Olsen, and Jennessa and Kallyssa Klatt.

In addition, Emil is survived by sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Eleanor (Harold) Kegler, Mary Ann (Robert) Mallak, Hubert (Judy) Haekenkamp, Marlys (Loren) Monson, and Maxine Haekenkamp; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Thursday, Sept. 30 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Silver Lake. Father Robert J. Mraz was the celebrant, and interment followed at St. Adalbert Cemetery, Silver Lake.

Alice Nowak was the organist for the Mass, and Chuck Thiel provided special music. “On Eagle’s Wings” and “The Battle Hymn of The Republic” were sung as congregational hymns.

David Horejsi was the eucharistic minister and Joanne Kautz was the reader for the Mass. Gift bearers were Tiffany Kautz and Justin Olsen.

Friends called Wednesday, Sept. 29 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake. A Knights of Columbus rosary was recited at 7:30 p.m., and a parish prayer service took place at 8 p.m.

Honorary casket bearers were Emil’s five great-grandchildren: Justin, Taylor, and Ryan Olsen and Jennessa and Kallyssa Klatt, and granddaughter Tiffany Kautz.

Casket bearers were grandchildren Jason Kautz, Chad Kautz, Davis Kautz, Amber Kautz, Karen Klatt, and Sharon Olsen.

The Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake served the family.

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