Born May 25, 1928 in Jamaica, N.Y. to the late Albert A. and Caroline (Rehm) Kotze, Al was the eldest of five children. He was the brother of Ronald Kotze and Kenneth Kotze of New York, Carolyn Fillmann of New Hampshire and the late Dorothy Kotze Broring.
Al was married to his true love, the late Dorothy E. Lampe, for nearly 55 years until her passing in 2006. Al was always a gentleman and a gentle man.
He is also survived by two children, Pamela A. Lendrum and her husband Jack of Bremerton, Wash., and Steven A. Kotze of Newport. He also leaves four grandchildren: Adam N. Lendrum of Bremerton, Wash., Christen Baker of Norton, Mass., Steven Baker of Newport and Jonathan Kotze of Middletown. He was great-grandfather to five, and had many nieces and nephews. His dog, Reese, mourns him.
Adventurous at 80 years of age, he moved from Rhode Island to Bremerton, Wash. with his daughter and son-in-law, where he lived joyfully with family members spanning four generations.
He proudly served 30 years in the U.S. Navy. He retired in 1975 with the rank of Electronics Technician, Master Chief. He was a decorated veteran, earning many awards including the Bronze Star, WWII Victory Medal and others.
After retiring from the military, he served with USPS as a rural mail carrier for 14 years.
He was a lifetime member of the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA), The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA), the NRA and the AARP.
He enjoyed several hobbies including bowling at Westport Holiday Lanes in the senior league with his dear friends, Al Fournier and Al Fontaine; selling and collecting stamps (he had flea market shops in Island Park and Rte. 77 in Westport) and he was also an expert marksman with a pistol and won the Atlantic Fleet Pistol Team Award. He loved to play penny poker, worked jigsaw puzzles with his great-grandson, Tyler, and enjoyed a good cigar. Since moving to Washington in 2008, what Al enjoyed most was dining out, which he did often.
Last summer, he journeyed to Forks, Wash., the Pacific Coast and Rain Forests with his children.
A humanitarian, he provided aid to the underprivileged, the elderly, hungry children, and fellow veterans.
He died from complications of a stroke and late stage dementia.
Services are scheduled at Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Broadway Newport, with a viewing from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, June 7, and following on Saturday, June 8, at noon will be a funeral service with interment at Newport Memorial Park with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Al’s memory to the care teams that allowed him to remain with his family in the comfort of his home. They include the Palliative Care Unit of Hospice of Kitsap County, 10356 Silverdale Way NW, Silverdale, WA 98383; Harrison Home Health, 2520 Cherry Ave, Bremerton, WA 98310; or the charity of your choice.