James Butcher, 85, King, died peacefully Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Wisconsin Veterans Home at King. James was born in Denver, Colorado on August 22, 1927, the son of the late James E. and Catherine M. (Ferree) Butcher.
James served in the United States Army
Air Corps. beginning in 1945 and was honorably discharged in 1948. He was united in marriage to his former wife, Dorothy M. Ploetz Butcher. Dorothy preceded him in death on October 27, 1998. Prior to his illness, James worked as an auto mechanic and owned businesses in Colorado and Wisconsin from the early 1950's to the 1970's at which time he was no longer able to work and spent many years in various care facilities.
Survivors include his children, Lawrence Butcher, Kimberly; Diane (John) Tessen, John (Yulia) Butcher, Susan (Ronald) Johnson, Appleton; Laura (Larry) Van Groll, Howards Grove; and Mary (Tom) Weaver, Waconia, MN; grandchildren, Michael Van Groll, Appleton; David (Jesse) Van Groll, Hilbert; Shaunna Tessen, Appleton; Tara (Pete) Martzahl, Kaukauna; Ben Weaver, Waconia, MN; Joseph Weaver, St. Cloud, MN; and Margo Labik and fiancé Ryan McDonough, Madison. James is further survived by his great-grandchildren, Alexis, Domnyck, Braydyn and Cierra Van Groll and Elizabeth Martzahl; and a niece, Chris (Matt) Neuman.
James was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Butcher; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Joyce Vanden Avond; and nephew, Mark Vanden Avond.
A memorial service will be held at Wisconsin Veterans Home at King, Main Chapel, N2665 Cty Rd QQ, King, WI 54946, on Wednesday, April 3, 1:30 p.m. with family visitation beginning at 12:30 p.m. Chaplain Sister Cathy Wottreng will be officiating. Military honors will follow. A private burial will take place at St. Paul's Cemetery in Combined Locks where James will be laid to rest alongside his beloved son, Tom. Blaney Funeral Home, Green Bay, is assisting the family. To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com
James' family would like to thank the staff at King Veterans Home for the special compassionate care they provided for so many years.
To our Father and Grandfather - The suffering on earth has passed and you are now in the great hands of our compassionate Lord and shall find everlasting peace.