PEORIA - William Kossuth Butterfield, 82, of Peoria, formerly of Elmwood, passed away Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at his home.
He was born Nov. 10, 1931, in Peoria, the son of Frederick K. and Mary E. (Herbert) Butterfield. He married Gay I. Eccles on April 10, 1950, in Elmwood.
He is survived by his wife and seven children, Carole (Ken) Fox of Dayton, Ohio, Barbara of Peoria, Susan (Dave) Haney of Tucson, Ariz., Marti (Paul) Bierdeman of East Peoria, Penny (Jim) Jones of Columbia, S.C., Chip (Corie) Butterfield of Pekin and Jill Gostin of Woodstock, Ga.; 11 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; six great-grandchildren; seven stepgreat-grandchildren; and one sister, Diane (Wayne) Slone of Elmwood.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Fred Larson; his brother, Herb Butterfield; and his great-granddaughter, Olivia Bierdeman.
He served the Lord through the East Peoria Free Methodist Church as Sunday School teacher, Bible teacher and lay minister, and he held many conference offices.
He was a Korean War veteran, serving in the United States Marine Corps.
He worked for Caterpillar Inc. for 41 years, retiring in 1979.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria. The Rev. Ivan Timm will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before the funeral. Burial will be in Elmwood Township Cemetery in Elmwood.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to South Side Mission.
Online condolences may be made at www.remmertfuneralhome.com.