Robert K. Kutz Sr., 91, Altoona, died Sunday at UPMC Altoona.
He was born in Altoona, son of the late Charles E. and Margaret (Fornbacher) Kutz. He married Katherine Ann Schachtner on Oct. 26, 1950, and she preceded him in death in 1994.
Surviving are two sons: Robert K. Jr. and John A. (Marilyn) Kutz, both of Altoona; a granddaughter, Kelly (Mike) Kutz-Cortez; and numerous nieces and nephews. Robert also had a partner in Carol Foor, who resided at his home.
He was preceded in death by two sons: William and Thomas; seven brothers: Carl, Herman, John, William, Edward, Fred and Herbie; and three sisters: Helen, Ruthie and Margaret.
Robert was a 1940 graduate of Altoona High School. He served as a U.S. Army infantryman in WWII. When he joined the service in 1941, he was sent to the Asian conflict in the Philippine Islands. He carried a BAR automatic rifle and was wounded severely in 1945, having his right leg shot off at the ankle. En route to the MASH station, the rescue vehicle he was riding in was blown up by a roadside mine, killing the driver. He was taken to the local MASH, and his severed foot and ankle were reattached. He was given many transfusions in which he contracted malaria and hepatitis A & B. He remained in the veterans' hospital in Chicago until late 1946. For his service, he later received the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals.
Robert returned to Altoona where he joined the IBEW Local 5 of Pittsburgh as an electrician. He recently received his 55 year pin for service rendered there. He enjoyed antiques, older classic cars, his many acquaintances among the Mennonites in the Cove, just traveling in his car and his dog, Bo. Robert was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Sinking Valley.
Friends will be received from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, 2014, and from 9:30 until the 10 a.m. funeral service on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at The Stevens Mortuary Inc., 1421 Eighth Ave., Altoona, Pastor T. Talbot-Moses officiating. Interment will be at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery.