Orville K. “Butch” Baltz, 77, formerly of Brothertown and a resident of Redgranite for the past 22 years, died Thursday, May 23, 2002, at the Tomah Veterans Hospital. He was born June 10, 1924, in Garnett, WI, the son of John & Grace Spooner Baltz. On March 9, 1946, he married Martha Haapala in Waukegan, IL, and she preceded him in death on January 30, 1973.
Mr. Baltz was a member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ-Malone. He attended grade school in Garnett and high school in Chilton, and Honolulu College in Hawaii while in the service. Butch was a veteran of WW 2 serving with the United States Navy. Mr. Baltz was formerly employed by Giddings & Lewis as a carpenter for 36 years, retiring in 1986. After his retirement, he owned and operated Butch’s Wood in Redgranite. He was a member of the Redgranite American Legion Post, the Wisconsin Archeologist Society, Sturgeon for Tomorrow, and Ducks Unlimited. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and loved looking for arrowheads.
Surviving are three sons; Clifford Baltz and his wife, Diann, of Fond du Lac, Christopher Baltz and his wife, Carol, of Malone, and Craig Baltz and his wife, Donna, of Redgranite, three daughters; Constance and Catherine Baltz, both of Winterhaven, FL, and Cynthia Vermeule and her husband, Jack, of Delores, CO. He is further survived by seven grandchildren, one great-grandson, a sister, Ethel Thill of Lomira, nieces and nephews and a special friend, Alice Weyecker of Wautoma. Preceding in death were his parents, wife, and a sister, LaVonne Syms,
Visitation for Mr. Orville K. “Butch” Baltz will be on Tuesday, May 28, 2002, from 12:30 to 2:30 pm at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ-Malone. Funeral services will be at 2:30 pm at the church. The Rev. Keith Weiland will officiate and burial will be in the Rothmann Cemetery, Garnett, WI.