Alan Butler, 67
John Alan Butler, 67, of West Bend, entered into eternal peace Nov. 1, 2015, with his family by his side. John was born Jan. 20, 1948, to Ralph and Pauline (Brownfield) Butler in Iowa City, Iowa. The family moved to Elroy, where John graduated from Royall High School in 1965. It was during his senior year that he met the love of his life, Donna Faye Cleaver. They were united in marriage June 18, 1966, at St. Patrick’s Church in Elroy. John and Donna moved to Saukville and then West Bend, where they enjoyed life as partners, companions and parents, raising their two sons, Randy John and Jeffrey Lane.
In 1972, John started his career as a qualified member of MONY’s (Mutual of New York) Top 50, Presidents Council, was a registered Securities Representative and received the National Sales Achievement and National Quality Awards for many years. John, with seven agents from multiple states, formed a Tax & Estate Planning Study Group for seven years. Later he joined Equitable Life of Iowa/ING Financial Partners. John earned his certifications as a Chartered Life Underwriter and Chartered Financial Consultant. John retired from his professional career in 2002. In 2004, they began a new venture as owners in two assisted-living facilities. John’s esteemed work ethic and business sense were admired by many and served as a great example to both sons who followed in his footsteps in the insurance and investment business. He is best remembered for his unending devotion as husband, father, father-in-law and grandfather. John celebrated life by enjoying his family, business endeavors, golf outings, hunting with the boys, traveling to Arizona and trips to their cabin in northern Wisconsin. He considered himself blessed by his family, many friends and clients over the years. John cherished dearly each of his six grandchildren and his love for them was truly beyond measure. John is survived by his wife of 49 years, Donna; two sons, Randy (Rae Ann) of Mondovi and Jeff (Heidi) of Kewaskum; and six adoring grandchildren, Olivia, Alexander, Elayna, Benjamin, Isabella and Alison. He is also survived by a sister, Paulette Anderson; brother, Jerry (Sarah) Butler; sister-in-laws, Mary Knepprath, Rosanne (Denny) Wopat, Diane (John) Noonan and Teresa (Al) Triebs; brother-in-laws, Jerry Cleaver, David (Lori) Cleaver, Mark (Laurie) Cleaver, Mike Cleaver and Richie Cleaver; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Pauline Butler; step-mother, Jewel Butler; parents in-laws, John and Eleanor Cleaver; brother, Jim Butler; and brother-in-law, Thomas Cleaver.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church (331 Main St., Kewaskum, WI) with the Rev. Edwin Kornath presiding. The visitation will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, at The Phillip Funeral Home (1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend, WI) with a Vigil Service to follow lead by the Rev. Frank Baiocchi. Continued visitation will be Saturday, Nov. 14, at the church from 10:15 a.m. until the time of mass at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to “We Believe” Parish Center/ Holy Trinity (General Delivery, Kewaskum, WI 53040) The family would like to sincerely thank the doctors and staff at St. Joseph’s hospital in West Bend, Froedtert & the Medical College of WI Hospital of Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Hospital for the care received throughout the years.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or online www.phillipfuneralhome.com.