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Stephen W. Butler 1939 - 2007

Stephen W. Butler, 68, resident of Cottonwood, died Oct. 2, 2007.  He was born in Beaver Dam, Wis., on May 4, 1939, to Roy and Genevieve Butler.

He was a graduate of Wayland Academy, following which he attended and graduated with a BAS Degree from Marquet University-Wisconsin.

Stephen then worked for the State of Wisconsin, Executive Farm/Labor Bureau, and for the Bureau of Reclamation for the State of Arizona.  He was also a volunteer at the Cottonwood Public Library for 11 years, as well as a volunteer at the Clemenceau Museum.

Stephen also kept busy with the Hamm Radio Club; he loved antique/classic cars, and was an avid reader.

He leaves behind his wife of 17 years, Sharon Butler of Cottonwood; two sons, Stephen Butler with his wife, Julie of Madison, Wis., and Mike with his wife, Stacey also of Madison, Wis.; his daughter, Julie Cline with her husband, Tom from Madison, Wis. as well; a step-son, Steve Petrick with his wife, Julie of Hunnington Beach, California; a step-daughter, Cindy Tillquist; seven grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.

Funeral Mass is scheduled today, Oct. 5, at 10:30 a.m., at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church; where Stephen was a member.

In lieu of flowers, donations made in his name can be sent to the American Heart Association, 710 2nd Avenue, Suite 900, Seattle, Wash., 98104. An online guestbook is available at

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