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Gerhard H. Klutke

Gerhard H. Klutke, 75, Woodstock, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. 

He was born April 22, 1937, in Hamburg, Germany, to Hans and Marta Klutke. On Dec. 18, 1959, he married Ilse Osinski.

He emigrated from Germany in 1964 and started his business in 1971.

He was the owner of GKI Inc. in Crystal Lake. He enjoyed soccer, hockey, skiing and golf and was one of the founders of the Crystal Lake Leafs hockey club. He loved spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren, who affectionately called him “Opa.” He will be greatly missed by those who knew and loved him.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Olaf (Tammy), Long Grove, and Eric (Sue), Crystal Lake; and five grandchildren, Taylor, Max, Eric, Lauren and Kaitlyn Klutke.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Ingrid.

Visitation and a memorial service were Nov. 10 at Skaja Bachmann Funeral Home, Crystal Lake. Interment was private. 

Memorials can be sent to JDRF Illinois, 11 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1800, Chicago, IL 60603-1344.

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