Cecil Franklin Butler
December 16, 1922 – December 21, 2018
Cecil F. Butler passed away on December 21, 2018. He was at the Traverse Manor Assisted Living facility at the time and was under the care of Hospice at the time of his death.
Born on December 16, 1922, the son of Hugh and Nina (Amy) Butler in Mesick Michigan, Cecil graduated from Buckley High School and was in the U.S. Army at the conclusion of World War II, stationed in Japan. He married the “Love” of his life, Lois McCann on November 28, 1942, and they stayed happily married just short of 67 years.
He had just turned 96 years old on December 16 and in recognition of that impressive accomplishment, he had enjoyed performances by his two great-grandchildren Jakob and Lexy Abraham who played instruments and sang for an assembly of Traverse Manor residents. Due to the season, the selected music was Christmas songs. After the event, Cecil told everyone who’d listen that this had been the happiest birthday he could remember.
The word “passion” comes to mind when thinking of Cecil. He was passionate about life; about his family; about his farm and woodlots; and, about his involvement with the Buckley Old Engine Show Club. Cecil “went to work” moving dirt, which was his other great passion, at the Club as often as he could. He had many friends associated with the Club and spent much of his work time “communicating” with all these people.
Yes, Cecil was quite a “communicator” and enjoyed talking with many, many of his friends and family. The list of these people grew over the years - particularly, since retiring from Schworm Inc. at age 62, after 32 years there. He never seemed to lack for something to do and stayed busy most days at the Club grounds; and enjoyed cutting wood as well as making maple syrup in the spring.
Cecil was particularly close to his daughter Denise and son-in-law Ken Abraham who live just across the field from his house and who spent much time looking-after Cecil which allowed him to live independently for many years — particularly, after his wife Lois died in 2009. Cecil’s son, Kent, lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and the two of them stayed in touch via phone due to distance; although, there were many trips South and North throughout the years that kept Kent and his family close with Cecil.
Cecil is survived by his daughter Denise (Ken) Abraham, his Son Kent (Mary) Butler, Grandchildren Christopher (Maggie) Abraham, Jason (Ann) Abraham, Kent II, Emily , Hannah, and Madison Butler, along with five Great Grandchildren, Jakob, Kenny, David, Lexy, and Jackson Abraham.
In lieu of flowers, monetary donations can be sent to Denise Abraham to be given to the Buckley Old Engine Show Club for maintenance and upkeep of the Lois and Cecil Butler Club House on the Club grounds.
The Family would especially like to thank his wonderful caregivers at Traverse Manor, as well as the Caregivers at Orchard Creek and Hospice of Michigan.
No service is planned at this time.
Buckley Old Engine Show Club
c/o Ron Decker, 16585 230th Ave , Big Rapids, Michigan 49307
Cecil Franklin Butler
December 24, 2018
Cecil and Lois along with their children Denise and Kent were my second family. I spent some of my teen years at the Butler home working as caregiver for Kent and Denise and various other responsibilities. I was included and treated as one of the family. I loved my time with the Butlers and thought of them as my other family. On one of my last visits with the family Cec reminded me he thought of me as his second daughter. Cec and Lois were both hard working caring people. They helped to form my character that has made my life so good. My love and sympathy to Denny and Kent and family. Bruce and Barb Wood and family