Jeff Gruetzmacher Print
Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 01 November 2017 17:21

Jeff Gruetzmacher “Gruetz” stepped peacefully into heaven’s light at the age of 69 on Oct. 25, 2017.  
A celebration of Jeff’s life was held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 701 Washington St., Grafton, on Tuesday, Oct. 31.
In lieu of flowers, memorials of your choice are appreciated.
Jeff was born on Feb. 27, 1948, in Madison.  He was raised in Milwaukee.  His family moved to Grafton when Jeff was a sophomore in high school. Jeff graduated from Grafton High School in 1966. He then attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he earned both his bachelor of science degree and his master’s degree in petroleum geology.
Jeff married his high school sweetheart, Donna Kaul, on Dec. 28, 1968. Throughout their lives together, both family and friends knew that Donna was Jeff’s one true love.  
In 1975, together they moved to Houston, Texas, where Jeff got his first position as a petroleum geologist with Gulf Oil. For the next 14 years, Jeff had the thrill of prospecting for oil with discoveries in Arkansas and Texas. During those years, their three children — Kate, Kurt and Kent — were born Texans.  
In 1988, Jeff moved his family back to Grafton. He then opened his business, Energy Consultants of Wisconsin, which he has been the owner/operator of for 30 years.
Jeff was known for his love and talent of playing golf. He has been credited with beginning the first golf team, of which he was the captain, at Grafton High School. He managed to play four holes of golf the day before his long-term illness stopped him from  playing again. (He still hit the ball a mile!)
Gruetz affected the lives of many people as he continued to fight his illness for five years, never complaining and always with the motivation that he wanted the most time with his family. Jeff provided work for anyone who needed a job. He became a second dad to many.
Jeff is the beloved husband of Donna (nee Kaul); loving father of Kurt (Sarah Jo), Kent and the late Kate Gruetzmacher; proud grandpa of Paige, Tess and Liam; beloved son of the late William and Lois Gruetzmacher; adored son-in-law of Arline (the late Fritz) Kaul; dear brother of Kim, Bill (Jill), the late Scott and the late Mike Gruetzmacher; and admired father-in-law to Travis Thompson. Jeff is further survived by his employees, business associates and many other relatives and friends.
 A special heartfelt thank you is extended to Pro Health Care Cancer Center in Pewaukee, whose doctors and nurses shared Jeff’s sense of humor and cared for him lovingly and compassionately during every one of his many treatments.
As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.