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Schuetz, C. Ed SAN DIEGO -- Ed Schuetz rose from an obscure farm boy in Kansas to one of San Diego's most prominent entrepreneurs. Born in 1914, Ed learned the merit of hard work on a 350 acre farm. As a young man in 1935, he headed for California on his motorcycle. His first job in San Diego was sweeping out street cars at night for 25 cents an hour. Later, he became a realtor. He bought cheap and plentiful San Diego land and he built his first house on Opal Street in Pacific Beach. His wife, Doris Schuetz, encouraged him to build custom homes. She designed and decorated the first of many model homes and called it "The New Horizon." People saw the open house and contracted with C. Ed Schuetz & Associates to have that model build on their land. By this time, Ed had a large office at 770 Turquoise Street in Pacific Beach staffed with realtors and architects. Ed continued building home models and housing tracts in P.B. and Bonita. In his P.B. Castle Hills Estates, he named two streets after his two children, Vickie Drive and Cary Way. When acreage became scarce here, Ed purchased land in Bullhead City and Kingman, Arizona. He built a motel in Bullhead City and housing tracts in Kingman where he invented and secured a patent for a hydro- electric generator to produce electricity in areas of flowing water. He completed Phase I & II and part of Phase III when he passed away on July 24, 2013 at the age of 99. C. Ed Schuetz was predeceased by his son, Cary Schuetz. He is survived by his two daughters, Judith Schuetz and Victoria Schuetz, two stepdaughters, Doria Goocher and Christie Leppla and one stepson, Charles (Gus) Schuetz.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Sept. 13, 2013
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