Philip Krautwurst

Obituary of Philip Alexander Krautwurst

Phil Krautwurst died peacefully at his home in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, surrounded by those who love him. Born in the District of Columbia to Henry and Jean Krautwurst, Phil is preceded in death by his beloved parents. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Leeann Krautwurst; his three children, Jeanne Ramsey, Andy Krautwurst, and Amie Krautwurst; his two grandsons, Alex and Oliver Krautwurst; his siblings, Lynn and Glenn Ryburn, Henry and Lorrie Krautwurst, and their children and grandchildren; his lifelong comrade, Kent Altemus; and his adored canine companion, ‘Lil Buddy. Phil was a dear friend to many and is held close in the hearts of people near and far.

A proud veteran of the United States Navy, Phil courageously served his country as a Hospital Corpsman First Class during the Vietnam War. He was devoted to advancing the universal hope of freedom and liberty for all, and he put his life on the line in protection of those in need. Prior to his military service, Phil earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, where he contributed to seminal research in the field of virology. He later owned and operated his own business, Diversified Accounting Services, Inc., as a sole tax practitioner for more than 30 years. He served as an active member of both the National Association of Enrolled Agents and the Virginia Society of Enrolled Agents, and he was recognized as an Accredited Tax Advisor by the Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation.

Phil was always happiest when he was outdoors, communing with nature on the playground of the Lord. He loved gardening and animals of all breeds and sizes, and he left every place he lived more beautiful than he found it through his careful cultivation of flowers and his enduring care for all of God’s creatures. He valued loyalty, honor, and commitment in himself and in others. Above all else, Phil prized love. From Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace (1869), “Love hinders death. Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love, and everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source.”

For the comfort of the ones who stay behind as Phil moves ahead to the next part of his everlasting journey:

 

Do not stand at my grave and weep,

I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am in a thousand winds that blow,

I am the softly falling snow.

I am the gentle showers of rain,

I am the fields of ripening grain.

I am in the morning hush,

I am in the graceful rush

Of beautiful birds in circling flight,

I am the starshine of the night.

I am in the flowers that bloom,

I am in a quiet room.

I am in the birds that sing,

I am in each lovely thing.

Do not stand at my grave and cry,

I am not there. I do not die.

Mary Elizabeth Frye

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