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Sticklin Funeral Chapel

1437 South Gold, Centralia, WA

OBITUARY

Walter Noble Kautenberg III

September 18, 1977June 9, 2020

Walter Noble Kautenberg III, 42, passed into eternity on June 4, 2020 in Centralia, Washington. He was born September 18, 1977 in Morton, Washington.

Walt was a very talented mechanic. He could visualize and construct anything. He was an incredibly hardworking man that loved building cars and doing custom fabrication. With his huge heart and countless talents, he donated his time and skills to many. His passions were hunting, fishing, and most of all drag racing. He loved motorsports and anything fast. You could say he had the need for speed.

Walter is survived by his children , mother Joanne, brother Travis, and half-sister Cheri, along with many cousins and a niece.

A graveside service will be held on July 11, 2020 at 1:00 o’clock pm at 800 E Grand Blvd Napavine, WA. Flowers may be sent to Sticklin Funeral Chapel, 1437 S Gold St, Centralia, WA.

Services

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, July 11, 2020

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John Conroy

July 12, 2020

I would love to share some memories of Walt he had a heart of gold, and that's what I will always remember first. I'm 10 yrs older and was always around Walter, and travis his brother .I always felt more like a big brother than a uncle . Walter wanted to go fishing one rainy weekend so Walt spent about 30 minutes making a canopy for his boat,just so we could go fishing for half of a day. Walt launched the boat in the rain,and opened the canopy, we trolled scanawa lake just out of Randle while we stayed bone dry it was 35 degrees and about 15 other boats with no tops were soaking wet cold and miserable giving me and Walt the stank eye lol, Walt caught 2 salmon and I got one great times with Walt. Most recently me Walter and Travis went fishing at the Lewis County dam, between Walter Travis and me I think we might have caught 10 to 15 fish each while 10 people across the river might have caught 2 or 3 total. I could go on and on with story's, but I will always remember Walt with a heart of gold.



Nichole Garcia

July 12, 2020

I remember the moment I saw you Walt, you were working at Ken’s BP and that was the first time I got into a car accident because you were just the most beautiful looking man I had ever seen. And from there we grew into friends and eventually became parents of our beautiful daughter Kaila. Knowing you and knowing your family has been the biggest impact I never expected. You will forever be missed and always a part of my heart.

April Conroy

July 11, 2020

I am Walter's Auntie April, his mother's sister. I had the pleasure of being around Walter from the day he was born, I was 13 yrs old at that time. I have many memories of Walter and was his designated babysitter many times. Getting to watch him grow up learning new things, having fun and many accidents, some of which were my fault. Pacing back and forth with him while he was going through some of his teething times. He was so adorable and could be a stinker at times. One of my memories was when my sister Joanne had me come and stay one summer in Vancouver Wa, while she was going through trucking school. I woke up early hearing noises and go into the kitchen and there is milk and cereal all over the kitchen and I go to their bedroom and find Walter and Travis smearing peanut butter and jelly and ketchup all over the walls. They loved messing with me. Walter and Travis came and stayed with his Auntie April and Uncle Max, many times. Walter's mom decided to let Walter fly to Denver Colorado and come and stay with us in Estes park, while we were working at a Lodge there. He would try and help me clean rooms and think the tips were all his. Silly kid! We took a road trip to Wyoming to get fireworks and another road trip to take him back to California where they were living at that time. We had a lot of fun then. Walter and Travis came another summer and stayed with us in Mossyrock. We put a swimming pool up for them to play in and Uncle Max had fun throwing them in the pool. Walter loved it, but not Travis. They were so opposite, but very close to each other. Walter loved getting dirty , he would run through the mud puddles and Travis would go around them. Funny how they grew up to be just like that!I will always think of Walter and his great smile and the memories that we had together. He will be missed by everyone that knew him. I will always think of you and miss you Walter. Love your Auntie April

( Auntie April giving Walter a hug after he graduated!)

Mr & Mrs Chad & Vickie Brower

July 11, 2020

Walt is an amazing man! Smart, Very talented, a jack of All trades, inventive, creative, caring, giving, fun loving, inspiring, can make you laugh, and so much more. We enjoyed talking with him, seeing what he was working on next, just hanging out and a very gracious host! We miss him so much and can't wait to see him in heaven and hang out again. We Love you and hope for all his family and friends consolation.

Mahriah Swanson

July 11, 2020

Months before Walters death, I remember seeing his profile on the list of people you may know of Facebook! I regret not saying hi. May he rest in peace.

Skye Tuey

July 10, 2020

Walt,
You have such a big heart! So many memories to just remember one favorite. I remember the first time I met you. You wanted someone to help paint the walls on the inside of your house. Which ended up in only half the work done and many beers and laughs later. The beginning of a unbreakable friendship. I am so thankful to have met you and became so close. Because of you I laughed alot more in life and I met another one of my best friends. Our times trying to fix my car will never be forgotten with all the hell it caused lol. Our nights out and frequent shenanigans will forever be in my heart. Anyone who got to know you is truly blessed. Your love for helping others and just being there as a shoulder to lean on is one of a kind! I will forever hold a special place in my heart. Our friendship was one of a kind. If you ask me, more like Bonnie and Clyde. One day I will see you again and until then I'm just gonna sit right here and drink a beer. I love you walt. You will forever be missed. My only regret is not being able to hug you one last time and hug the broken pieces back together. This isn't goodbye its just until I see you again.
-Skye

Lorrie and Marte Scheuffele

July 10, 2020

Walt...You have been our friend for over 15 years. You were always there for us! You told me, "Lorrie go to the water when you need to think, take a chair and don't leave until you are ready. That is what I would do, when I needed to clear my head.". Walt always was the first to respond, when Marte or I needed anything. The list is too long to itemize. He was the first to give you a big hug and hold you until you stopped crying. He recently took his last trip with Marte to Montana. He was at peace. He has touched our lives in a way that will always be with us. Walter Kautenberg, we got your back! Rest in peace sweet man! Lorrie & Marte

Gary Wearley

July 9, 2020

One of my many memories of Walt happened when we lived on Hicks Lake in Lacey. Walt was 13 years old and he had this homemade hydroplane he bought from his Uncle John. Walt put an oversized engine on it. He would ride in (on) it speeding around the lake. It was so small that when he cruised by, several feet offshore, it looked like he was on a piece of plywood with an engine strapped to the back as he skipped across the water.

One Saturday afternoon he came cruising back up to our dock very slowly with tears in his eyes. This was totally out of character for Walt (slow and crying). I asked what happened. He proceeded to tell me how he got pulled over by a cop on a Sea-Doo. The cop told him to get off the lake because his boat was not licensed.

After a trip to Lacey City Hall, we determined his boat was under the minimum size for the licensing requirement. I confronted the Sea-Doo cop the next time we saw him which resulted in Walt back out on the lake with his boat racing his brother Travis who had a very fast Zodiac inflatable boat.

I’m thinking Walt might have been pulled over again once or twice in the years to follow.

Joanne Wearley

July 9, 2020

Walt was so talented! He made me this horseshoe cross for my birthday in 2017. He loved working with his hands, he was so much more than just a mechanic, and he enjoyed making gifts for people instead of buying something for someone. I will always treasure this gift and others that he made.

Joanne Wearley

July 9, 2020

This trophy was made by Walt in 2013 when I (mom) worked for The Department of Transportation. As the Branch manager in charge of the agency’s quarterly publication, the Gray Notebook (GNB), I wanted to boost participation for the writers of each article. Walt was making these trophies for car shows but he was excited about making this piece for his mom's office. Walt even helped make the base, which he signed. This trophy was such a treasured prize that it became a coveted award where the winner was recognized and given the trophy at a ceremony. It certainly was a hit with the transportation folks.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Walt and Travis after the Luau in Hawaii

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Walt sitting and holding a lava rock next to his tattoo before we went to see the volcano erupting.

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Walt getting buried in the sand.

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Walt and I were asked to model tuxedo's for some show.

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Walt riding his favorite big red tractor.

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Walt's baseball picture in 4th grade. He was the pitcher and everyone was afraid of him.

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Walt hanging out with Missy, our Mom's horse.

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Walt and Joanne parasailing at lake Coeur D'Alene

FROM THE FAMILY

Walt loved the water...Ski, wakeboard, tube...or just drive the boat he enjoyed it all.