Gerald S. Kautz, 79 of Algonquin, died peacefully, October 1, 2020 at his home with his family by his side.
Visitation will be on Sunday, October 4, 2020 from 4-8pm at DeFiore Funeral Home-10763 Dundee Road, Huntley. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:00am on Monday at St. Mary Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed Phil’s Friends | 1350 Lake Street Suite I | Roselle, IL 60172 or Journeycare Hospice
Gerald was born March 30, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois the son of Fred and Rita Kautz. On October 19, 1963 he married Sharon Paterson. He was the Village Clerk for Algonquin for over thirty years and the longest serving clerk in the history of the state of Illinois. Growing up he was known as the class clown and went on to be involved in Clowning and was affectionately known as Lazy Bonz the Clown. He was a member of the Algonquin Lions Club and Clowns of America-international. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend who will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon, his children, Kristen (Jim Ward) Kautz, and Scott (Jennifer) Kautz and by his grandson, Lucas. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Terrence.
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Sharon: Peace and comfort to you and your family during this difficult time. LB always made me laugh and he will be truly missed. I know he’ll be hanging out with mom and dad and they’ll be up to their usual shenanigans. Love and hugs... Christine and Mike
Sharon and family, we are so incredibly sad to hear of Jerry's passing. He was a cherished friend to all of us. His wicked sense of humor will never be forgotten. May he rest in peace with my mom and dad. I bet they are having quite a reunion in heaven! We will be thinking of you and pray that the wonderful memories you have of him bring you comfort in the days and weeks ahead. He was definitely one of the good guys and we are so lucky to have had him in our lives.
It was an honor getting to know Jerry and taking care of him Sharon, Kristen, Scott you are in my prayers and thank you so much for allowing me to help care for Jerry I will always have a special place in my heart for all of you
Jerry, a forward thinker, helped so many, he is one of the mentor in my life that I carry with me. He was instrumental in the Hill Climb recreation & even helped segment our segments for us during the Hill Climb documentary. on camerasGod bless Jerry. God bless Sharon and all the Kautz family.
Sharon and Family, my sincerest condolences. Your family and the local community lost a great person with a big heart for giving and doing right by others. May he rest in peace and may your memories of the good times with Jerry offer you all comfort.
There are no words to make one comfortable knowing of losing a family member and or friend like Jerry K. Especially one who believed in having a good and fun life, with his family and friends, and who had contributed so much to the community of Algonquin. He was my big brother and mentor in many ways. Beth and I will miss him deeply. Our condolences to Sharon and Jerry's family.
Sharon, Lynne and I are so very sorry for your loss. Gerry will be sorely missed.
Dear Sharon, My deepest sympathy to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You and your dear husband touched my life with your laughter and smiles when visiting the store. Please know that God has taken him safely home, but he will always be with you. Love, Sharon
Dear Cousin Sharon and Family, My deepest sympathy goes out to all of you for the loss of “Cousin Jerry.” He will always be remembered for his outgoing personality and the eldest son of my dear Godmother Rita. May he Rest In Peace with our Lord and his loved ones who have gone before him, in Heaven. God Be With All of You. Love, Cousin Teresa
Sorry to hear of your loss. He was a great man and good friend. I’ll miss you LB
My deepest sympathy to Sharon and your family. Your 'Lazy Bones' always brought a smile to our faces. My husband, Tom, respected him greatly and appreciated his efforts to make Algonquin a very special community. May your memories sustain you.