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PFAU, WILHELM WILLI GUENTHER
PFAU, Wilhelm 'Willi' Guenther Willi was best known as the owner of European Motors that he operated with his wife Louise from 1959 to 1976. Many locals remember him as a master mechanic and an honest man. He could be stubborn with his advice but everyone understood they should listen to what he said and that he would always be fair. Throughout those years Willi shared his knowledge and experience with many young protŽgŽs who went on to start their own successful businesses. As a sideline Willi and Louise raced motorcars as members of the Sports Car Club of America. Their contemporaries included Steve McQueen and Paul Newman. Among the cars they owned were one of the few Porsche Spiders similar to James Dean's and a bright orange VW Bug that inspired the Love Bug stories. He continued his career in the auto business with many adventures. He did a stint for Volkswagen of America in Culver City, ran the Porsche Caravan, and owned two businesses in Redondo Beach including the highly regarded Signature Service. Willi and Louise began their love story in post war Germany. When they re-met in Hollywood in 1958 it was evident their passion would last a lifetime. And it resulted in their only child, Wilhelm 'Wil' Guenther. After retiring in the late 1990's they moved back to Lancaster to reunite with old friends and enjoy a quieter pace of life. He passed peacefully from kidney failure Jan. 6, 2017, with Louise by his side. The family appreciates the attentive care of Dr. Tuso, Dr. Calderon, Dr. Name and all the staff at AV Hospital. A time for remembrance will be held Fri. Jan. 13, 2017 (mom says that's a lucky number) at 2pm at Sunrise East Gardens HOA clubhouse, 1101 East Avenue J-12, Lancaster, Calif., 93535, at the corner of Challenger and J-12. In lieu of flowers please make donations to St. Jude Children's Hospital: stjude.org

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