Oct. 29, 1934 -- June 10, 2015
Donald Joseph Butcher was born, Oct. 29, 1934 to Marvin and Kathryn Butcher of Billings, Mont. Dad went to see our Father in Heaven and his loving wife Donna on June 10, 2015. Don was a loving husband, father, grandpa, brother and uncle.
Don grew up in Billing, Mont., and is preceded in death by his father, mother, three brothers, Duane, Billy and Jim and survived by one sister, Darlene McGowan.
Don graduated from Billings Senior High in 1953. He was a tank sergeant in the National Guard for nine years. His brother Jim worked along side him in the National Guard also.
Don worked at Ward City as bag boy, meeting the love of his life, Donna Jeanne Brazelton. They married on June 6, 1955, at St. Patrick’s Co-Cathedral. They were married 50 years until Donna’s death in 2006.
Before Donna’s death, they had re-started the Absarokee Cancer Support Group in 2003, which is still on going. Offering many friendships with cancer survivors and caregivers.
Don worked at Reporter Printing, Tractor and Equipment, Colstrip and then at his home business, “Double D Small Engine Repair” in Absarokee, where he retired.
Our Dad and grandpa was a jack-of-all-trades and a master of all. He loved to fish and hunt, teaching his kids many skills. He loved building things like cradles for his daughters, rocking horses for his grandkids, wood folding picnic tables for his family, his house and many, many other treasures.
Don and Donna lived by the Stillwater River for 26 years where they built a log home where many wonderful memories with family and friends were created. He has left behind his six children, Cindy Milligan (Bill), Mike Butcher (Christine), Don R. Butcher (Terri), Brenda Carter (Scott), Kelly Huebner, and Perry Butcher (Jill). Seventeen grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, his loving friend, Karol Brunkhorst, and his pal and companion, Cocoa!
Over the years, our Dad and grandpa bestowed many good traits to each one of his kids and grandkids. He left a legacy of love and service. He taught us faith, hope, love, respect and hard work. His smile, his laugh, his humor and his love are going to be missed.
We would like to thank the many people at the restaurant who helped with the rescue efforts for our Dad: The Absarokee and Columbus EMT crews; To Dave, Caitlyn and John for your tender caring in Cindy’s time of despair; To the angels in the ICU clinic whose kind and loving way helped us through this time.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Absarokee Cancer Support Group, St. Jude’s Children Hospital, or to a charity of your choice. In the words of Dad and grandpas words “May God’s Peace Be With You” (All).
There will be public visitation from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 14, at Smith Downtown Chapel: 925 S. 27th Street. Cremation will follow. A vigil service will be 7 p.m. Monday and memorial funeral mass 11 a.m. Tuesday both at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Absarokee. Rite of committal of urn to follow at Rosebud Cemetery.
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