Traverse City Record-Eagle


May 23, 2014

Walter Emil Brutzer

FRANKFORT — Walter Emil Brutzer, 83, of Frankfort, died Jan. 5, 2014, at Munson Medical Center. Born in Lima, Ohio, on Oct. 27, 1930, he was the son of Emil and Anna (Walter) Brutzer.

Walt served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

After being honorably discharged Walt married Diane C. Ball on Sept. 14, 1957, in Berkley.

He was an interesting and interested friend to people young and old, to those who were successful as well as those who were just starting out. He liked to sit by Betsie Bay and share a conversation with those passing by. Anyone able to converse in German delighted him.

A graduate in mechanical engineering, he retired from G.M. Tech Center in Warren.

After retirement Walt rededicated himself to his hobbies of woodworking and making homemade wines with local handpicked grapes. Antiques and older model cars fascinated him and he was often found browsing the local cars shows. Walt was lured by the thrill of flying and he obtained his private pilot’s license. He was a consummate reader when it came to World War II with an special interest in the European Theater.

He was a member of the Frankfort United Methodist Church, where he served as trustee, life member of the Hillsdale College President’s Club, board member and former president of the Cane Palm Beach Condominium Association. Walt volunteered much of his time with various organizations, hosting the Michigan Blood Drive, being involved in Point Betsie Lighthouse as docent and B.A.H.S.

He is survived by his wife, Diane; and brother, Arthur (Irene) Brutzer.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 7, at 11 a.m., at the Frankfort United Methodist Church, with Barbara Faye officiating.

Those desiring may make contributions to the church, Benzie Area Animal Welfare League, B.A.H.S. or Hillsdale College in memory of Walt.

Arrangements are by Jowett Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Service.

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