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AGE: 87


ADDRESS: W9443 Sawyer Ave. Withee Township of Hammel Resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 6:15 P.M. Sunday, April 14 at his residence, surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Thursday, April 18 at the United Methodist Church, Medford where full military honors will be performed by the Medford Military Honors Team


OFFICIATING: Rev. Kyochul Shin

INTERMENT: Molitor Catholic Cemetery in the Town of Molitor

VISITATION: 9:00 A.M. until the time of service at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, April 18 at the United Methodist Church, Medford


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: August 20, 1925 in Mellen

EDUCATION: Attended Cozy Valley Grade School in Mellen


MARRIAGE: March 27, 1948 at the Methodist Church in Ashland to Caroline M. Higgins and she preceded him in death on October 3, 2004.

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After school, Willie worked in Portland and Vancouver’s ship yards until joining the U.S. Navy. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan during the Pacific Theatre from 1944-1946. After returning from the military, he worked at Steel Structures in Ashland for a couple of years, where he built Quonset huts. He then worked at various businesses in Medford such as: Eggert’s, Wisconsin Bottle Gas, Hartwig and Ruesch Funeral Home, Mondeaux Millwork. In 1979 Willie retired from Liberty Homes in Dorchester. In his retirement, he enjoyed chauffeuring his Amish friends. Willie enjoyed watching the Brewers, Packers and Badgers. He was an avid deer hunter, enjoyed the outdoors, tinkering out and about in his garage. He enjoyed going for car rides with his family and looking out and helping his kids. Wilfred was a very proud American.

MEMBER OF: The United Methodist Church, Medford; Taylor County Farmers Union

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Seven Children: Patricia ( LeRoy) Zittlow of Medford, Donna Hippe of Dorchester, Karen (Kevin) Moberg, Rebecca (Brad) Kalmon, Holly Butler, Clinton (Debra) Butler and Randy Butler all of Medford

Son-In-Law: Floyd Jeans of Milwaukee

Son-In-Law: Robert Hippe



SURVIVING BROTHER & SISTER: Larry (Judy) Butler of Redville and Lillian (Matt) Brand of Yuma, AZ

Sisters-In-Law: Sally Butler of Long Beach, CA; Zelda Butler of Grandview; and Esther Butler of Sheboygan

BROTHERS DECEASED: Francis, James and William Butler



DECEASED MOTHER: Hilda M. Butler ( Maiden Name: Schmidt)

PALLBEARERS: Grandsons: Ken, Clayton, & Travis Zittlow, Jamie, Jody, & Steve Butler, Christopher Moberg and Jason Hippe

Great-Nephew: Brandon Butler

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Willie’s family to be designated at a later date

Hemer Funeral Home of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements
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