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Guenter Zeyen

Died: Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Age: 94
Guenter Zeyen, 94, formerly of Grosse Pointe Woods, died Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at Sanctuary at Fraser Villa.

He was born in Wuppertal, Germany, to Karl Josef Zeyen and Anna Henriette Johnen. He enlisted in the German Kriegsmarine during World War II to avoid draft into the German SS. While serving as a chef on a destroyer, the ship was sunk during the Battle of Normandy and Guenter spent most of the war as a prisoner of war. After the war, he lived in Canada, then came to the United States to work as a chef. He met and married Lili Anna, and became a U.S. citizen. He was extremely proud of his U.S. citizenship and lived in the United States nearly 70 years.

Guenter was a professional chef for the Book-Cadillac Hotel in Detroit, as well as Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital. He was involved with the Carpathia Club German-American Cultural Center and served as a FIFA soccer referee.

He enjoyed woodworking and gardening, made handcrafted wood clocks and painted landscapes. He also loved playing table tennis and soccer, but was happiest when surrounded by his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his beloved dogs.

Guenter is survived by his son, Axel Kappes (Nancy); daughter, Madeleine Dwaihy (Norman); grandchildren, Axel Kappes Jr. (Beth), Renee Dwaihy-Logan (J. Bret Logan) and David Dwaihy (Meghan) and great-grandchildren, Axel III and Madelyn Kappes, Alison and Grace Logan, and Lyla and Evan Dwaihy. He also is survived by many loving relatives in Germany.

He was predeceased by his wife, Lili Anna, and his sister, Gisela.

A private memorial service will be held.

Donations may be made to the Michigan Humane Society at michiganhumane.org.
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