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Marko "Butch" Simunich


1942 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Marko "Butch" Simunich Obituary
Marko "Butch" Simunich
December 21, 1942 ~ July 22, 2016
We are saying goodbye to the greatest man, much too soon. Marko "Butch" Simunich passed away from complications with cancer. Son of the late Anna and "Big Mike" Simunich. Butch was kind, compassionate, generous and had a HUGE heart. He traded most of his dreams to give his mother the life she wanted. From his teenage years until her death, they farmed on the Boise Bench; he stacked his last bale of hay in 2015. He was a master mechanic who could fix anything. To this day his very first car, a 1962 Chevy Impala, is still in the garage. Over the years he and his car created many stories and memories. A few years ago he added the "hotrod", a 1929 Modified Model T, to his collection. He was an avid motorcyclist, snowmobiler and spent much of the 80's and 90's Tractor pulling across the northwest with his mini rod Vuci and Vuci's big brother Velki. Butch spent many summers playing and watching softball. His family was more important to him than anything, and even though he didn't have kids, he was extremely close to his nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews in the Boise area. He had a hand in teaching most of them how to drive; ask them about the pink truck and you will get at least a smile and maybe a story. When he was a skier he was especially fond of his women's luncheon group. He also had wonderful friends at every stage of his life, many as close as brothers. His most special companion was longtime friend and neighbor, Edna Reeder; we love and cannot thank you enough for all you did for Butchie. He was preceded in death by his sister Betty, and is survived by brothers John and Joe, sisters Christie, Mary, Rosie and Milly. Today many hearts hurt and eyes are blurred, but even while facing the end of his story he spent the day reassuring those around him, we were even blessed with some smiles and laughs.
Before he got sick we talked about end of life wishes, he said keep it simple. "This is Butch and let's party," so this is Butch.
There will be a graveside service on Wednesday, July 27th at Morris Hill Cemetery at 12:15, followed by a memorial luncheon at the Eagles lodge 7025 W Overland Road, in Boise. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the .
Published in Idaho Statesman on July 26, 2016
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