John Henze, 77, of Idyllwild, died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2005 at Devonshire Care Center in Hemet following complications due to stroke.

Mr. Henze was born in 1928 in rural Germany. An only child, he came to the U.S. with his parents when he was young.

Mr. Henze was the owner of Idyllwild Plumbing Service for more than 26 years. Friends say he had a great sense of humor.

Because Mr. Henze had no surviving family, his remains have been turned over to the Riverside County Public Administrator for arrangements.

He is survived by his male cat, Shadow, who is in need of a home.