Benedict (Ben) Kautzman, 76, passed away peacefully August 4, 2021 of natural causes at the North Dakota Veteran’s Home in Lisbon, ND. Visitation will be held at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Lisbon, ND on Sunday, August 8, 2021 from 2-4pm, and burial will be at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery in Mandan, ND on August 9, 2021 at noon.
Ben was born March 21, 1945 in Bismarck to Emil and Margaret (Miller) Kautzman and was the eighth of nine children. He graduated from New Salem High School, enlisted in the Army and served for nearly two years in Vietnam. Upon his honorable discharge from the Army, he attended Dakota Business College in Fargo. After college, he spent several years as the production manager with Dakota Sales Company until they moved to Iowa. The last part of his career he was a crop adjuster – a job he thoroughly enjoyed.
Ben married Audrey Obrigewitsch on September 11, 1971 in Fargo and had two children.
Ben was athletic and enjoyed fastpitch softball – playing and coaching for many years. He also enjoyed fishing and camping, and spent many hours metal detecting in various areas of ND and MN. He was an avid coin collector and was an excellent card player as well. He was quick to laugh and had a fantastic sense of humor.
Ben is survived by children, Tina Reynoso, Burnsville, MN, and Bryan Kautzman, Phoenix, AZ, four grandchildren, Romero, Elena, Elycia, and Emelia; and four siblings, along with many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents and four siblings.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org
The family requests everyone in attendance observe CDC guidelines regarding wearing face masks and social distancing.