Woody Grutzmacher, civic volunteer in the Platte City community, died at his home in Tracy on Tuesday. He was 58 years old.
Known affectionaly throughout the community simply as “Woody,” Grutzmacher was found after his mother, who lives in Onaga, Kan., had been unable to reach him. She called a friend in Platte City who went to the house. Emergency responders were called shortly after noon and Grutzmacher was pronounced dead at the scene.
Grutzmacher, who had battled health problems in the past including prostate cancer, had been hospitalized a couple of weeks ago. He told The Landmark at the time that his liver “was trying to shut down.”
His recent hospital stay came at the same time that a tree planting ceremony had been scheduled in his honor at the Platte Ridge Park north of Platte City. The event, which was postponed due to his hospitalization, was to honor him for his service with local youth sports programs. He began volunteering with local youth sports programs in the early 1990s. His responsibilities ranged from coach to groundskeeper to head registration official. He had been involved in numerous programs over the years, including youth baseball, basketball and soccer.
Woody had been honored earlier this year by the Kansas City Chiefs for his family being one of the original season ticket holders when the team moved to Kansas City in 1963.
Following is an obituary provided to The Landmark by the Grutzmacher family late Tuesday night:
WOODFORD KIRKE GRUTZMACHER
Woodford “Woody” Grutzmacher, 58, of Tracy, passed away October 23, 2012 as a result of a long battle with prostate cancer. He died peacefully in his home in Tracy.
He was born to Charles and Freda Grutzmacher of Onaga, KS. on July 17, 1954. Woody was a graduate of Onaga High School and the University of Kansas where he was a beloved and devoted member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house.
Woody was always an energetic and lively individual who cared about his children and his community. There was not a day he did not truly love his Jayhawks, Chiefs, and Royals. He touched many individual lives through his community involvement, charitable work, and of course, selling fireworks. He contributed greatly to the development of the youth soccer program in Platte County as well as constantly supporting the Platte County School District and Platte County Fair. He was always there to offer assistance to people in need.
Woody is survived by his children, Charles and Tommy Grutzmacher of Dallas, TX, and Sean Grutzmacher of Vero Beach, FL; his mother Freda Grutzmacher of Onaga, KS; and his sister, Marsha Meisinger of Topeka, KS.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Rollins Funeral Home in Platte City. The date and time are still yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to the Hoover Christian Church.