Cassie Danette Barnard Kautzmann went to meet her Lord and Savior on February 6th, 2016 at the age of 56.
Cassie was born in Billings, MT on April 8th, 1959. She grew up in Billings with her parents Archie and Neva Barnard and her 3 siblings Janet, Brian and Aimee.
She had a love for animals as her father is a pig and sheep farmer and she had an eye for antiques and interior design as her mother, Neva was an avid antique collector and dealer.
She first laid eyes on the love of her life, Duane (Duey) Kautzmann as a 10 year old at Pioneer Park where they did school park recreation that included tennis, softball and other games. Cassie, taller and more athletic than all the boys with her pigtails and freckles didn’t know then that Duey would be the one to take her on life’s greatest adventures and the one to walk beside her through her Cancer journey. At that time, he was just the boy that she was annoyed with because he threw tennis balls at her.
Cassie accepted Jesus as her personal Savior at the age of 14 at a Young Life youth night and from that point on she began and ended every day in prayer.
Cassie attended Lincoln Junior High, Senior High School and competed one semester on a track and field scholarship running hurdles at Colorado State before transferring to Montana State University where she was the Head Cheerleader, the Homecoming Queen and was the Residential Advisor in the dorms. She received her B.A. in Speech and Communications with a minor in Computer Science .
Cassie married her God-sent childhood sweet heart, Duey on August 15th, 1980 and they graduated from Montana State in 1981. Cassie jumped right into the workforce as the Assistant Director of the Alumni Association at Montana State and was in charge of marketing for Alumni while her and Duey lived in a little farm house outside of Bozeman near Wilsall, MT where Duey was a high school basketball coach. 5 years later, Duey joined the Air Force, and while Cassie considered herself a house wife from then on, she was the domestic engineer of the family managing all projects on the home front from fixing anything broken, managing lawn and car care, she prayerfully and strongly upheld the home as Duey was deployed and she even was a school teacher as she home schooled her 2 children, Colter and Callie. Teaching them all the general education requirements and more such as scripture memory, sewing and crocheting, public speaking, website design, how to make highlight videos and most importantly how to put Jesus first, and of course proper toilet and window cleaning. Most of all she made sure to make time in the days for each of them to pursue their own God given talents and was the biggest fan of her husband and kids. She always said she wanted to be back stage so her family could always be center stage. She was a woman of many God given talents and was the epitome of a Proverbs 31 wife.
The military life was full of many adventures and moves allowing her and her sweetheart and their kids to live in Germany, Arizona, Egypt, Hawaii, Idaho, India, Georgia and Texas. Her adventurous spirit enjoyed traveling around Europe, Scuba Diving in the Red Sea, touring the pyramids and walking the streets of Israel. She always had a passion for running. She was usually returning from a long run before the house woke up, walking back with her gas station coffee.
Her love for the Lord and her family, her kitchen experiments, her Godly advice, unwavering faith and her giving nature will be forever missed on this Earth.
A devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandma, Cassie’s loving, Christ-like spirit will live on in her beloved family. She is survived by her husband of nearly 36 years, Duey Kautzmann, two children, Colter with his wife Sara with her grand daughter Preslee, and Callie with her husband Kale Eike. Her father Archie Barnard, siblings Janet, Brian and Aimee along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her mother, Neva Barnard.
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