Llewellyn "Jim" Gruetzmacher(1926 - 2012)

Gruetzmacher, Llewellyn "Jim"

Llewellyn "Jim" Gruetzmacher, age 85, of 2220 James Court, Wisconsin Rapids, WI died Friday, October 26, 2012 at the House of the Dove, Marshfield, WI.

Funeral Services are 11:30 AM Thursday, November 1, 2012 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Rev. John Grohs will officiate. Burial at Restlawn Memorial Park with military rites provided by American Legion Post #9 of Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Visitation will be at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Thursday from 10:30-11:30 AM. Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids is handling all arrangements.

Jim was born December 20, 1926 in Embarrass, WI to Walter and Mabel (Singer) Gruetzmacher. He graduated from Marshfield High School in 1944 and the UW-Madison with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Jim was employed at General Electric for 20 years, was part owner in a company that sold Harvestors and later owned and operated JLD Builders and Gruetzmacher Rentals.

Jim married LaVon Mews Schonke in 1951. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, loved dogs, especially Max, enjoyed participating in sports and physical activity, received an award from the Handicapped Association and was a long time member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where he loved to sing.

Jim is survived by LaVon Gruetzmacher, four children- Cindy (Mike) Sheldon of Antigo, WI, Michael (Jody) Gruetzmacher of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Sherri (Darcy) Held of Wisconsin Rapids, WI and Steve Gruetzmacher of South Dakota; 9 grandchildren, Michael (Angie) Sheldon, Lisa (Craig) Peters, Nicole (Lance) Johnson, Daniel (Angela) Sheldon, Michael (Christine) Gruetzmacher, Angie (Shane) Steltenpohl, Amy (Dan) Preston, Mark Gruetzmacher and Melissa Gruetzmacher; 15 great grandchildren; one sister, Shirley Winegarden of Wisconsin Rapids, WI; two brothers, Dennis Gruetzmacher and Carmen Gruetzmacher both of Wisconsin Rapids, WI and many nieces and nephews.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents.

Jim's family would like to thank all the people that worked with Jim and Ministry St. Joseph Hospital in Marshfield, WI.

"Jim provided for his family whom he loved dearly. His Lord is waiting."



Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Oct. 29, 2012