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Frederick J. Kutzleb

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Dexter-Frederick J. Kutzleb, age 74 of County Rte 59, Dexter passed away at his home Monday 2:45 a.m.

Fred was born August 12, 1938 in Bronx, N.Y. the son of Frederick J. and Madeline V. Murphy Kutzleb Sr. He attended school in Felts Mills and graduated from Black River High School.

Fred enlisted in the U.S. Navy and qualified on diesel and nuclear submarines in 1958 aboard the USS Growler. Served on the Corporal, Alexander Hamilton and the San Rayburn. Served in Viet Nam with River Rhine Forces as a Boat Captain of a PBR Craft and Patrol Officer.

He was awarded Vietnam Combat Craft Crew Badge, Bronze Star with Combat V for Valor for distinguished service, US Navy Commendation Medal for Heroism with Combat V for Valor, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Brass Palm, Presidential Unit Citation, Two US Navy Citations, Navy Combat Action Ribbon, Three Good Conduct Medals, Navy Pistol Expert Medal, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Campaign and Service Medals.

After retiring from the Navy he worked and retired from Niagara Mohawk. He was a member of Smith- Savage Post American Legion and past commander, Pillar Point Fire Police, NYS Hunter Safety Instructor, Submarine Vets Assoc., Game Wardens of Viet Nam, Kamargo Assoc.

He married Virginia M. Zielinski on June 2, 1979.

He is survived by his wife Virginia, a sister and brother - in-law Mary Sue and Alonzo Britt of Illinois and several nieces, nephews and many close friends.

A brother and sister-in-law Robert and Gwendolyn Kutzleb died in 2005 and 2004. A sister Madeline Coughlin died in 2007.

Funeral services will be Wednesday 3:00 P.M. at the Johnson Funeral Home, Dexter with visitation from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 P.M. prior to the service. Burial will be in Dexter Cemetery with military honors. Donations may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County 1398 Gotham St. Watertown; Samaritan Foundation for Cardiac Pulmonary Grant 850 Washington St., Watertown, N.Y. or the charity of one’s’ choice.

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