Obituary: Karl M. Kuttel |

Obituary: Karl M. Kuttel

Karl M. Kuttel passed away on Dec. 30, 2008 at the age of 81 after a brief illness. He was born on Aug. 14, 1927 in Kussnacht Am Rigi, Switzerland to Andreas and Marie Kuttel-Ribary.Karl leaves his loving wife of 56 years Verena, son Carl (Sara) Kuttel, daughters Margaret (Martin) Gwerder, and Irene Akin, grandchildren Ben Gwerder, Rachael (Jeff) Kuttel-Juiliano, Brian Kuttel, and Andrew Gwerder all of Truckee.Other family includes: Brother, Andreas, deceased (Anna, deceased) Kuttel (Switzerland), sister Marie (Joe, deceased) Reichlin (Calif.), sister Kathrin (Leroy, deceased) Croy (Calif.), sister Louise (Martin, deceased) Schuler (Calif.), sister Johanna, deceased (Josef) Keller (Switzerland), sister Selina (Arnold) Studer (Calif.), brother Josef Kuttel (Switzerland), brother Alois (Margrith) Kuttel (Calif.) and numerous nieces and nephews.Karl worked as a farmer, an apprentice plasterer and eight years as a mailman in the Postal Service in Switzerland. He married his beloved wife Verena Kilchenmann in 1952 and they immigrated to Central California that year. He began working in the dairy industry until they permanently moved to the Truckee area in 1957 where he worked in the timber and construction industries. In 1960 he purchased a saloon business in downtown Truckee, calling it the Swiss Club with his then partner Arnold Inderbitzen (deceased). In 1963 he began his general engineering contracting and water source consulting business developing water springs and consulting on water wells. He also was one of the original founders of the Truckee River Bank.Karl was extremely proud of becoming a citizen of the United States of America in 1957. He was very civic minded and loved Truckee. He served on the boards of the Truckee-Donner P.U.D. and the Truckee Cemetery District. He was a founding member of the Sierra Swiss Club and he was a member and officer in both Truckee Lodge #200 F. andamp; A.M., and Donner Lodge #162 I.O.O.F. He will be missed and remembered for his sharp mind and wit, his love of hunting and fishing, his garden, and his great stories. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to a charity of your choice in his name. A memorial celebrating his life will be held on Jan. 24, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Sierra Bible Church, 11460 Brockway Road, Truckee, Calif.

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