Albert Stutzke

Albert Louis "Smokey" Stutzke passed away on June 10, 2014 in Bellevue, Washington at 89 years old. Al was born to Albert Sr. and Mary Stutzke on April 28, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois. He was a child protégé playing violin at an early age. His moniker was "Fiddling Al your musical pal". He was inducted into the Navy in July 1943 and served during WWII on the USS General M.L. Hersey. After being honorably discharged from the Navy as a pharmacist mate, he attended Cornish Institute of the Arts in Seattle, Wash. and had a long musical career, playing 22 different instruments. He was known for his fiddle tricks including imitating bag pipes, bird calls and harmonica. He played with lightning speed which sometimes made the rosin on his bow smoke which is how he got his nick name, Smokey Stutz. He played in many Seattle area stage shows with such legends including George Jones, Bob Wills, Waylon Jennings Slims Whitman, Marty Robbins and even Gene Autry. He played in many Seattle area country western bands most notably with the POWS, the Pioneers of Western Swing. He was inducted into the Western Swing Society's Hall of fame in 1998. It was hard won honor for him of which he was very proud. Al was also a member of the Musicians Association of Seattle Local 76-493 A. F. of M. and a prior member of Teamsters local Union #117. Albert is survived by his daughters, Laureen Kaye White and Anita Clare Stutzke; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sharon Louise Becker, his first wife, Eleanor Ruth Stetler and his second wife, Francis Stutzke. A funeral service will be held on June 19, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Harper-Ridgeview Funeral Chapel located at 105 W. 4th St. Port Angeles, Wash. In lieu of flowers, please send any remembrances to the Northwest Western Swing Music Society, PO Box 14003 Mill Creek. Wash., 98082

Funeral Home

Harper Ridgeview Funeral Chapel
105 W 4th St PO Box 340 Port Angeles, WA 98362
(360) 452-9701

Published in The Herald (Everett) on June 18, 2014