Willy Gruetzenbach, 97, of Cape Coral passed away Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at Hope Hospice. He was born Oct. 12, 1916, in Wuppertal Germany. He served in the German Army for eight years before moving to America in 1951. He spent the first 10 years in New Jersey as a business owner before settling in Cape Coral in 1961. He owned and operated one of the first restaurants in Cape Coral, Willys Restaurant, in the Big John Town Center. He founded the German American Club in 1964. He was loved and respected by all who were blessed to know him.
Survivors include his two daughters, Renate Curls, of North Fort Myers, Gudrun Miller of Georgia and Hans Peter Gruetzenbach of Georgia; eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Helga, and his son, Willy Jr.
The family received friends for viewing Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m at Fuller Metz Cremation & Funeral Services, 3740 Del Prado Blvd., in Cape Coral. A memorial service followed at 2 p.m., at the German American Club on Pine Island Road.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice in Willy's memory.
Please visit www.fullermetz.com to view Willy's Life Tribute and share a memory or condolence.