S. Albert Kutz

Obituary of S. Albert Kutz

S. Albert Kutz, 92, of South Coventry Twp., PA, passed away on December 13, 2022, at Pottstown Hospital. He was the husband of the late Judy Ann (Orner) Kutz, with whom he shared 60 years of marriage before she passed in 2012.

 

Born in Weavertown, PA, on January 2, 1930, Al was the son of the late Winfield Scott Schley Kutz and Alice Marie (Yocum) Kutz.

 

Al attended school in the Amity School District and graduated in 1948 with a class of only 14 students. During his school years, he played on the soccer, basketball, and baseball teams. He also played the trumpet and participated in numerous plays and musicals as part of the choir. After graduating high school, Al attended Penn State University and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering in 1952. He was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. While attending Penn State, Al met Judy and they married in the summer of 1952. During his college education, he attended Navy ROTC to prepare for his time in the military. Al served in the United States Navy during the Korean War; he was responsible for taking Marines on training missions on an AKA Landing Ship.

 

After his honorable discharge, Al began working full-time for his father’s business, Kutz Builders. He and Judy started their family and had three children over the course of six years. In 1958, Al “purchased” (bought with a handshake) a small farm from a couple for whom he was building a house, and that remained his home until his passing. In 1960, Al made the decision to plant and start growing evergreen trees on the property to help pay for his children’s college education. It was a wise financial decision, and it also taught his children the value of a good work ethic and how to work well with others. For 42 years, the family business grew, and Al loved every opportunity he had to greet happy families purchasing their Christmas trees. He even dressed up as Santa on most weekends! As an owner of a tree farm, Al was a member of the National Christmas Tree Association, Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, and the American Tree Farm System.

 

Outside of his career as a custom home builder and Christmas tree farm operator, Al was involved with many organizations in the Pottstown area. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Pottstown, Coventry Lions Club, Pottstown Elks Lodge # 814, Stichter Lodge # 254, Scottish Rite, and Knights Templar Nativity Commandery No. 71. He also served on the Owen J. Roberts School Board from 1967 – 1979, served as director of Harleysville Bank for several years, and served on the Planning Commission for South Coventry Township. He was an active and faithful member of St. Paul’s UCC in Douglassville, PA, where he served as President of the Consistory.

 

Al was a master woodworker who spent most mornings in his workshop creating beautiful keepsakes that he would generously give to others. He almost always had a box, basket, or small gift in his pocket that he would hand out to be a blessing. Many children and adults have been recipients of his generosity. Beyond all else, Al cherished the time he spent with his family. He and his family created countless memories throughout the years, some of their most special ones were made at their cabin in Lycoming County.

 

Al was a staple in the Pottstown and surrounding communities who truly left an imprint on everyone that was blessed to know him.

 

Al is lovingly remembered by his daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Stoney Yerk; his son and daughter-in-law, Wynn and Suzanne Kutz; his daughter-in-law, JoAnn Kutz; his grandchildren, Eric Kutz, Daniel (& Christy) Kutz, Stephen (& Nancy) Kutz, Allison (& David) Smoker, Amber Young, and Matthew (& Macy) Kutz; his great-grandchildren, Elias, Abagail, Gavin, Evelyn, and Winnie; his brother, Stauffer Kutz; and his sister, Marie Hausman. In addition to his wife and parents, Al was predeceased by his son, Douglass Kutz.

 

A viewing will take place on December 22, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s UCC, 1979 Weavertown Rd., Douglassville, PA 19518. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. A luncheon will take place after the service in the church fellowship hall. Entombment will be private and held at the convenience of the family.  

 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Al’s memory to St. Paul’s UCC. Please see the address listed above.

 

Houck & Gofus Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 955 N. Charlotte St., Pottstown, PA 19464, will be handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.houckgofusfuneralhome.com.