William “Bill” D. Butelewski, formerly of Kaukauna, WI, age 80 died peacefully on June 25, 2022 at St Paul’s Elders Services in Kaukauna. Bill was born on April 28, 1942 in Appleton Wisconsin to Raymond and Wilma (Cotter) Butelewski. Soon after graduating high school, Bill met Sandra Weyenberg and the two were married on September 30, 1967.
Bill spent 26 years working for Thilmany Papers and upon retirement he and Sandra built their dream log cabin on Bass Lake in Watersmeet, MI. An avid fisherman, Bill spent time fishing for “the big one” on the lake, in rivers near and far and even in the ocean. They were avid travelers and visited many states in the US, various countries in Europe, and Australia. Hunting was a passion for Bill and he shared that passion with his wife during their 53 years together.
Bill is survived by his sisters: Judy Hameister, Sue Steeps, Gail Weber, Terri Taggart; brother in-law Thomas (Karen) Weyenberg, brothers in law Bob Managan and Jerold "Moonie" (Mary) Danke, and sisters in-law: Maxine (Vernon) Newhouse and Glenda (fiancé LeRoy Brockman) Kufner. He will be greatly missed by many nieces and nephews, friends and other family members.
He is preceded in death by the love of his life Sandy; his sweet dog Tasha; his parents: Raymond and Wilma; sister Diane Managan, brothers in-law John Hameister and Jim Kufner and sister in-law Donna Danke.
A memorial mass will be held on Saturday July 30, 2022 at 12:00pm at St Nicholas Catholic Church, W2037 County Road S, Freedom, WI, with Father Robert Chinnapan presiding. Friends and family may gather at the church from 10:00am until the start of mass.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the wonderful staff at St Paul Elder Services and Hospice for their love and care. As Bill would say, “Thank YOU.”
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating the planting of a tree (see below) in Bill’s name or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital in his memory.