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 Elmo E. Gruetzner

Elmo E. Gruetzner

Thorndale, Milam County, Texas, USA
Death 29 Oct 2012 (aged 95)
Friendswood, Galveston County, Texas, USA
Burial Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 100147770 · View Source
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ELMO E. GRUETZNER, 95, of Friendswood, Texas passed away on Monday, October 29, 2012. He was born in Thorndale, Texas on August 20, 1917 to Willie J. Gruetzner and Emma R. (Schelnick) Gruetzner. Elmo served in the Army as a combat soldier in the South Pacific from 1940 to 1945. His life was forever affected by the horrors of his experiences in the South Pacific. Elmo was a very special person; he was an accomplished musician and avid golfer. In his early years as a musician he played the guitar in the "Bar-XCowboys" band that performed daily at the Rice Hotel in Houston, Texas. Elmo became proficient with eight musical instruments and played in numerous bands in Houston and Galveston, Texas. He also performed with several musicians, such as Floyd Tilman. His love for music is apparent by his vast collections of sheet and recorded music.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Willie J. Gruetzner and Emma R. (Schelnick) Gruetzner, and many of his music buddies from the 1930's era.

He is survived by his sister, Louise Morrow; his brother, Edwin Gruetzner and wife Joyce; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Elmo spent his last two years, in Friendship Haven Nursing Home, in Friendswood, Texas where he had a great impact on residents and the staff, with his unique personality and tales of his interesting life experiences.

The Graveside Service will be held Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at Woodlawn Cemetery, 1101 Antoine Dr. Houston, Texas 77055 with Rev. Andrew Simcak officiating.

Condolences may be sent to the Gruetzner Family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at

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