Kenneth Lee Kaltz (EDGEFIELD, S.C.)

EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Mr. Kenneth Lee Kaltz, 75, husband of Patricia "Pat" Pline Kaltz, of Sheppard Dr., died Thursday February 22, 2007 at Medical College of Charleston. Funeral Services will be held Monday February 26, 2007 at 11 A.M. at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Robert Ninedorf and Deacon John Kline officiating. Mr. Kaltz was born in Lansing, Michigan. Mr. Kaltz was a graduate of Michigan State in 1956 as a Mechanical Engineer. Mr. Kaltz relocated to Edgefield from Michigan in 1970 and oversaw the construction of Tranter, Incorporated. During his tenure, he directed the donation of the property which now houses the National Wild Turkey Federation. Mr. Kaltz greatly valued the loyal service and the relationships provided by the Tranter employees. He retired as President and Chief Executive Officer in 1998 after 40 years with the company he helped establish in Edgefield. Mr. Kaltz enjoyed volunteering his time to his community. He served eighteen years on the Edgefield County Water Authority Board. Mr. Kaltz was also a past member of the Board of Directors for Pine Ridge Country Club, Wardlaw Academy, and numerous coastal condominium associations in South Carolina and Florida. In addition, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus. An avid fisherman, hunter, and gardener, Mr. Kaltz also enjoyed running in many different road racing events across the country including the Peachtree in Atlanta, the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston, and the Bay to Breakers Run in San Francisco. Traveling with his wife of fifty years and spending time with his children and grandchildren were priorities in recent years and brought Mr. Kaltz great joy and happiness. Survivors include his wife , 3 Sons-Mark Barry Kaltz and wife Susan, Destin, Fl; Jeffery Lee Kaltz and wife Teresa, Greenwood; Kurt Lyle Kaltz and wife Dana, Edgefield; 1 Daughter- Lisa Marie Branson and husband Leslie, North Augusta; 10 Grandchildren- Meredith, Emily, Caroline, Kenneth, Kay Wiley, Murphy, Patricia, Hunter, Aniah and Kennedy Grace. In Lieu of Flowers memorials may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, 302 Jeter St., Edgefield, SC 29824. The family will receive friends Sunday February 25, 2007 from 3 to 5 P.M. with a Christian Wake Service at 5 P.M. at Edgefield Mercantile Funeral Home. Sign the guestbook at

The Augusta Chronicle-February 24, 2007