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.