William Buttler Ertel
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William Buttler Ertel 85, passed away November 5, in St. Vincent Hospice. He was born September 4, 1925 in Indianapolis, the son of JC and Maymie Ertel. Bill graduated from Shortridge High School and Purdue University, School of Engineering. He worked 52 years helping to build Ertel Manufacturing Corporation and M&W Gear Company of Gibson City, Illinois; later becoming President and CEO of both companies. Bill was a member of St. Luke's Methodist Church, Rotary Club of Indianapolis, Hillcrest Country Club, Desert Mountain Country Club of Carefree, Arizona and a patron of the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. Bill spent the winters at his home in Carefree, Arizona for the last 40 years. He was an avid private pilot. Bill was interested in history and cultures and loved traveling the world. He enjoyed planning his many adventures that took him all over the globe, from Antarctica to Nepal and several other regions of the world. He was a quiet, generous benefactor to many area philanthropic organizations. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Chic Ertel, and his loving wife of 53 years, Joan. He is survived by his three sons, Bill (Susan) Ertel of Franklin, Jim (PJ) Ertel of Indianapolis and Rick (Jean) Ertel of Gibson City, Illinois, 10 grandchildren; Chris Ertel, Brody Ertel, Josh Mason, Eric Mason, Elizabeth Ertel, Molly Ertel, Matthew Ertel, Mary lee, Lisa Binger and Ben Raufeisen and 11 great grandchildren. Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Memorial visitation will be held Tuesday November 9, 2010, from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. in Crown Hill Funeral Home. The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday November 10, 2010 in the Peace Chapel at Crown Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions in remembrance of William B. Ertel may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association. Arrangements: Crown Hill Funeral Home.


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Published in The Indianapolis Star on Nov. 9, 2010.
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