May 7, 1939 - Jan. 17, 2017
Friends say Ron Jutze was the epitome of a true Buffalonian - vocal, genuine, hard working and loyal.
Known to many as The Jutz, the Maitre D or just Pops, he was a South Buffalo boy who went to Michigan State on a track scholarship and attracted the interest of U.S. Olympic coaches before returning to Buffalo for good.
Jutze died Tuesday while visiting Seneca, S.C.
After returning to Buffalo, Jutze attended Bryant & Stratton, received his degree and later worked at Bethlehem Steel and the City of Buffalo Sanitation Department.
He also married the former Irene Pfeifer while he was in the U.S. Army Reserves and the couple celebrated their 44th anniversary in 2004, the year she passed away.
Described as a faithful friend and life of the party, Jutze once convinced an entire roomful of people that he was the bald guy in the Mr. Clean TV commercials.
He loved camping, hunting and traveling and was a longtime member and past president of the West Seneca Social Club. He also was a member of the Belmont post of the American Legion.
His survivors include two sons, Ronald Jr. and Dean, a daughter, Penny Dolina, 15 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
A funeral service for Jutze will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Thomas H. McCarthy Funeral Home, 1975 Seneca St.