John Kautz

John Kautz

John Lewis “Doc” Kautz, D.D.S., 84, of Apollo, passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at AHN-Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

Born July 23, 1935, in Newark, N.J., he was a son of the Reverend Dr. John Kautz and Ethel (Lewis) Kautz.

John was a graduate of the former Hickory High School in Hermitage and the University of Pittsburgh Dental School. John opened his practice in 1961 in Apollo, then joined the United States Army and served in the Army Dental Corps. After returning to the area in 1964, John re-opened and operated his practice for 56 years. John was set to retire on April 15.

He was a member and fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, member of the American Dental Association, member and past president of the Dental Society of Western Pennsylvania and member of the International College of Dentists — U.S.A. Section.

John was a member of First United Church of Christ in Apollo, and was a licensed minister for the last 25 years, currently serving at St. Jacobs United Church of Christ in South Bend Township. John was a member of the Westmoreland Association of the Penn West Conference of the United Church of Christ, the Apollo Lions Club, the Apollo Historical Society, Food4Kids and the Apollo-Spring Church Sportsmen’s Club, and was a member and former president of Apollo Borough Council.

He enjoyed hunting, gardening, singing in the choir and reading.

In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his brother, Dr. Paul Kautz; and a brother-in-law, Richard “Dick” Good.

John is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Bonnie Ann (Mitchell) Kautz; children Rosamond A. “Amy” (Rick) Learn, of Meadville; John M. (Susan) Kautz, of Chesterland, Ohio; and Rachel A. (Paul) Lambert, of Santa Clara, Calif.; grandchildren Matthew Spolar; Rebecca and Benjamin Learn; and Caleb, Janet and Tessa Kautz; sister Anna Good, of Shinglehouse; sister-in-law Carol (Smith) Kautz, of Mansfield, Ohio; and nieces and nephews.

Due to state mandates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no public viewing. Private interment in Riverview Cemetery, Apollo, will take place at the convenience of the family. A visitation and memorial service to honor John’s life will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Curran-Shaffer Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., Apollo.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be offered in John’s memory to Food4Kids c/o First Lutheran Church, PO Box 275, Apollo, PA 15613 or to Apollo Lions Club, P.O. Box 215, Apollo, PA, 15613.

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