Cornelius ‘Kearney’ Anton Kautzman

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Cornelius ‘Kearney’ Anton Kautzman

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Kearney Kautzman
Kearney Kautzman

Cornelius “Kearney” Anton Kautzman, age 89, formerly of Ballantine, joined the love of his life, Barbara, Sunday, March 18, 2018, surrounded by his family at his residence, Canyon Creek Memory Care. He was born to John and Clementine Kautzman on Dec. 29, 1928, and raised in Mott, North Dakota, on the family farm. On June 19, 195,0 he married Barbara Roll, and they were married for 65 years.

Kearney worked on the family farm, later joined the National Guard, where he was stationed in Fort Rucker, Alabama, and served as a cook. After the military, Dad worked for GTA feeds. After work, he came home and helped work on their farm out of Shepherd. In 1969, they moved to Ballantine, where Kearney proceeded to work for Pierce Packing and later started his own lawn business. Dad enjoyed going to auction sales, where he brought home many items Mom wanted him to take back. He loved wood crafting, camping, fishing, playing pinochle with family and friends, eating Mom’s German cooking and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

We will miss those big blue eyes, his deep laughter and great sense of humor.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife. He is survived and will be greatly missed by his four children, Scott (Cheryl) Kautzman of Livingston, Debbie (James) Dorn of Hardin, Jed Kautzman of Billings, Michele (James) Reiter of Billings; three granddaughters, four grandsons, two great-granddaughters and three great-grandsons.

Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave.. The Funeral Mass will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 23, at St. Bernard’s Parish, 226 Wicks Lane.

Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3010 11th Ave. N., Billings, MT59101.

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5 thoughts on “Cornelius ‘Kearney’ Anton Kautzman”

  1. Kearney brought many smiles to us all! And he will be greatly missed by all those who knew. Thank you for sharing your father with us! We are all better for knowing him.

    -rose flynn

  2. So sorry for your loss. I’m sure your mom was waiting with wide open arms for him; she loved him so much! Happy they are reunited in heaven now. All my love to Debbie and all of you.
    Vicki and Archie Little

  3. Barbara Prewett (Donnes)

    I am so sorry for your loss. Enjoy and share your good memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Barbara Prewett

  4. I am so sorry for your loss. I met Kearney while visiting my Grandfather at Canyon Creek. It’s hard to describe how special it was even just greeting Kearney as I walked in the door. His smile lit up the room! Even in the short period of time I knew Kearney, he touched my heart. My prayers are with you all.

  5. Vera-Beth and Fred Johnson

    Kearney and Barb were our first neighbors who lived across the road from us, i.e., Twelve Mile Road in 1962. We were newlyweds and they were so kind in sharing their garden “goodies” with us. On one hot August afternoon, Kearney came to my aid when my garbage, that was in a burning barrel, blew up from a hair spray can and spread cinders all around. The grass and weeds started on fire in a blaze. I was horrified and didn’t know what to do when the burning grass spread over the railroad tracts towards the neighbor’s farm. Kearney was working in his garden and ran over with his shovel in his hand to put it out, which he did. His only comment, “Well, Thaut’s almost had an early harvest.” Quite a sense of humor. We are very grateful to have had the opportunity to have them as neighbors and friends. They, Barb and Kearney, are gone from our sight but not from our hearts.

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