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Published July 25, 2013, 12:00 AM

Michael (Mike) James Kautzman

Michael (Mike) James Kautzman, 60, was granted his angel’s wings on July 23, 2013, at his residence. Services will be held on Saturday, July 27 at 11:00 a.m. at Bismarck Community Church, Bismarck, ND, with Rev. Jared Lee officiating. Burial will be held in Hazelton, ND, at the Hazelton Cemetery at 2:00 p.m.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Friday, July 26, at Eastgate Funeral Service, Bismarck, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

Michael (Mike) James Kautzman

Michael (Mike) James Kautzman, 60, was granted his angel’s wings on July 23, 2013, at his residence. Services will be held on Saturday, July 27 at 11:00 a.m. at Bismarck Community Church, Bismarck, ND, with Rev. Jared Lee officiating. Burial will be held in Hazelton, ND, at the Hazelton Cemetery at 2:00 p.m.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm Friday, July 26, at Eastgate Funeral Service, Bismarck, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

Mike was born on June 16, 1953, in rural Carrington, ND, to Pete and Jennie (Eidsvoog) Kautzman. He spent his childhood on the farm with his two brothers and two sisters.

He attended and graduated from Carrington High School in Carrington, ND. He received his Associate Degree in Accounting from Bismarck Junior College.

On July 28, 1973, he married his best friend and soulmate, Karen Mulske, in Hazelton, ND. United in this marriage they had two sons, Douglas and Scott, and made their home in Bismarck.

He truly enjoyed helping others; you can tell by his dedication to 30 years of service with the Bismarck Fire Department, he officially retired on May 1, 2004. In 1986, he started his own business, Search Company of North Dakota and continued until his passing. Mike was very active in Boy Scouts with his sons and participated in various other youth activities with his sons.

Mike was the most dedicated, loving, caring, and devoted man known. He was a supportive husband, dad, grandpa, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend. His major priority was taking care of his wife and family. If not with them, Mike was well known to invite you for a free meal just to sit and visit. Mike touched the lives of many people with his smile and generosity that never stopped, and maintained his trademark sense of humor all the way to the end. He enjoyed playing cards like Pinochle or Shanghi with anyone who was willing to challenge his expertise as being a card shark.

He is survived and will be deeply missed by his wife, Karen and sons, Douglas, Scott (Joell), and granddaughter Nakeesha of Bismarck; Godchild, Ashley Birkholz of Mandan; mother, Jennie of Carrington; one brother, Pete (Twilla) of Wahpeton; two sisters, Linda (Frank) Waldner and Pam Kautzman of Bismarck; eleven brother and sister in-laws, Junior (Sharon) Mulske of West Fargo; Rita (John) Bambenek of North Branch, MN; Josephine (Dennis) Weichel of Bismarck; James (Betty) Mulske of Champlain, MN; Vickie (Lawrence) Bambenek of Minot; Roy (Kathleen) Mulske of Glyndon, MN; Joan (Daniel) Meuchel of Mandan; Sandra (Paul) Kerzman of Bismarck;Dennis(Cleone) Mulske of Hazelton; Todd Mulske of Cleveland; Carol (Paul) Anderst of Bismarck; and loving nieces and nephews and numerous other relatives that looked up to him.

Mike is preceded in his death by his father Pete Kautzman; his brother Thomas Kautzman; father-in-law and mother in-law, Bruno Sr. and Natalia (Hoffert) Mulske; brother in-law, Dennis Mulske; and niece Laurie Mulske.

Go to www.eastgatefuneral.com to share memories of Mike and sign the online guestbook.

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