Covell Funeral Home

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Robert Wayne Butler

August 16, 1939January 19, 2020

Robert Wayne Butler, 80 of Traverse City, passed from this life on Jan. 19, 2020 at Cherry Hill Haven, surrounded by his family. He was born on Aug. 16, 1939, the son of Lyle and Lena (Judd) Butler of Mesick. He was an only child. Bob attended Traverse City Schools for a short period, and completed his high school education at Mesick High School, graduating in 1958. Bob married Mary Mannor on May 18, 1963 at St. Mary’s of Hannah church; they had two children. Bob served in the Michigan National Guard from 1963 to 1969 and spent time assisting the police in Detroit during the riots. Bob worked at Burwood Products for 32 years and retired from Lear Corp in 2008 after 10 years of employment. He was proud of the number of years he worked at his jobs, and the many friends he made along the way. He had a great work ethic, which he passed onto his children. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic church in Traverse City, and also a member of the Amvets Post 120 in Mesick. Bob was an avid horseman and enjoyed everything that involved horses. He had horses most of his life, enjoyed traveling to see the Quarter Horse Congress events in Ohio, and was a true cowboy at heart. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family. Bob and Mary were “winter Texans” for several years and would travel from Traverse City to Rockport, Texas each winter. Bob is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary; daughter Sherry (Roger) Graves of Traverse City; son, Chris (Melissa) Butler of Neosho, Missouri; and grandchildren, Katrina (Jeremy) Litwiller of Kingsley, Stephanie (Jacob) Fair of Kalkaska, Megann Butler, Ashley (Agosto) Favela, Tiffany Butler, Andrew Butler, all of Traverse City, Caleb Butler of Wasilla, Alaska, and Cory and Carisa Butler of Neosho, Missouri. Also surviving are five great-grandchildren, all of Traverse City. He was preceded in death by his father Lyle Butler; mother, Lena Butler Reynolds; and stepfather, Dale Reynolds. The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff at Cherry Hill Haven for their care of Bob. Per Bob’s wishes, cremation has taken place, and a memorial service for family and friends will take place in the spring. Memorial contributions in his memory appreciated to the St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Covell Funeral Home of Traverse City.


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Robert Wayne Butler

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Ann & Michael Cardill

January 23, 2020

Mary and family,
We send our sincere sympathy to you and your family.
We really enjoyed our association with you and Bob at Fulton Oaks!
Sending Love and Prayers,
Ann & Mike

Pat Tallarico

January 22, 2020

So sorry for your loss Bob was a great guy enjoyed his company