Karl Heinz Reutzel
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85, passed away at his residence in Palm Springs on December 30, 2012. He has lived in San Bernardino for over 55 years, where he began his business in real estate and construction in the Lake Arrowhead. He is responsible for building over 2,000 homes in the Lake Arrowhead area during his building career of 1957 to present as Reutzel Development, Inc.
He was born August 8th, Offenbach, Germany. During the beginning of WWII he would gather boxes of relief supplies dropped by the Americans and his mother would keep the parachutes to make clothing. Karl was mandated to become a soldier and flew with the Luftwaffe, flying a Bucker bu131. During the war he was captured by Allied Forces and was a POW until the end of the war.
Following the war, he was sponsored to come to America and played amateur soccer in New York, and pas part of the team which captured the 1955 US Open Cup.
A chapel service will be held Saturday, January 5, 2013, 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Woods, 1410 Calgary Drive, Lake Arrowhead, California, 92352. Online condolences can be sent by log on to: www.mtviewsanbernardino.com.
Published in San Bernardino Sun on Jan. 4, 2013