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Gary Lawrence Kautsky

September 7, 2016 GMT

Gary Lawrence Kautsky, 69, died Sept. 3, 2016, at Billings Clinic as a result of a massive stroke.

Gary was born on Nov. 25, 1946, at St. Vincent Hospital, Billings, to Arnold (Bud) and Alice (Foottit) Kautsky. Gary attended Newman School and Garfield School and graduated from Billings West High School in 1964. He later attended Eastern Montana College.

Gary was in the U.S. Army Reserves and worked for the U.S. Postal Service for approximately 38 years.

Gary married Rita Ullrich in 1966, and of this marriage David Scott Kautsky and Carrie Suzanne Kautsky were born. Rita and Gary were later divorced.

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Gary married Christie Knudson in 1979, and of this marriage they had a daughter, Amy Michelle Kautsky. Gary and Christie were later divorced.

Gary was an avid sports enthusiast, taking after his father, Bud. He loved to play softball and watch sports. The New York Yankees and Green Bay Packers were Gary and his daughter, Amy’s, favorite teams, and they enjoyed talking sports. His son, David, always chimed in by saying, “God Bless the New York Yankees Dad!” He also watched NASCAR, and his favorite driver was Dale Earnhardt Sr. Gary loved fishing and had a mobile home on property in Ft. Smith where he spent summers and also worked at Okabeh at the dock. Gary had four classic cars that he very much enjoyed. His cars were a 1950 Chevy; a 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass, a 1989 Corvette, and a 1935 Ford Pickup Rat Rod.

Gary was preceded in death by his grandparents, Edward and Minnie (Prochnow) Kautsky; his parents, Arnold (Bud) and Alice (Foottit) Kautsky; his former wife, Rita (Ullrich) Gee; his daughter, Amy Michelle Kautsky; his son-in-law Chuck Gall; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Gary is survived by his son, David Kautsky; daughter Carrie Gall; granddaughter Josephine (Josie) Danielle Kautsky; granddaughter Becky Gall; great-granddaughter Charlie Ray Jones and great-grandson, Jesse Jones; former wife, Christie Knudson Kautsky; sister Patsy (Augie) Bentz; nephew Kevin (Karlee) Bentz; great-niece Teigen Bentz, and nephew Christopher Bentz and several cousins.

Services will be at 1 p.m., Sept. 10, at the Smith Downtown Chapel, 925 S. 27th St. with a lunch reception at the Chapel to follow.

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