Emerson Joseph Addison Jr. "Butch"

March 28, 1949December 24, 2012
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Emerson Joseph "Butch" Addison was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 28, 1949 to Emerson and Renee Addison, he passed away peacefully on December 24, 2012 at the age of 63 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Butch was the beloved husband of Bethel Sue (Baumer) Addison for 35 years. Loving father of Joe (Minh) Addison, Mike Addison and Tim Addison. Dear brother of Christine (Ron) Mack, Tom (Sheila) Addison, and Steve (Vickie) Addison. Brother-in-law of Judy (Jim) MacLeod, Joan (Allan) Cooper, Barbara (Hal) Lambdin, and Sandye (Ralph) Strickland. He will also be missed by many friends.

The family will receive friends for a Memorial Gathering on Friday, December 28, 2012 from 3-8pm with a 7:00pm Scripture and Eulogy service at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home 37000 Six Mile Road (East of I-275 and Newburgh roads), Livonia, Michigan 48152.

The Memorial Mass, led by Father Gary Michalik, will be at 10:00am on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at St. Colette Catholic Church 17600 Newburgh Road (Just north of Six Mile Road) Livonia, Michigan 48152. Visiting will begin at 9:30am at the church.

Memorial Donations may be made in Butch's name to:

Catholic Relief Services P.O. Box 17090 Baltimore, MD 21203-7090 (877)435-7277


To the favorite charity of your choice


  • Memorial Visitation Friday, December 28, 2012
  • Eulogy Service Friday, December 28, 2012
  • Morning Visitation Saturday, December 29, 2012
  • Memorial Mass Saturday, December 29, 2012

Emerson Joseph Addison Jr. "Butch"

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March 1, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of Emerson's passing we were classmates at Shrine, he will always be remembered. Dorene Riehl Bellaire

Jean (Sheldon) Ivory

March 1, 2013

I am very sorry to hear of Emerson's passing. We were classmates at Shrine - he was not only a good student as I recall, he was pretty entertaining. Please accept my sympathy for your loss.

barbara lambdin

January 23, 2013

Though snow covers your back poarch here in woods, I could see Butch on a summer weekend grilling for all of us. I am not sure that any of us want to get used to life without him! Who is going to lead us in games -- teach us his stradigies for winning? Or sing even when the rest of us don't sound so good? Butch, we miss you and always will..........Love and prayers to my sister,Sue, and the boys, Barbara

Paul Scarcello

January 15, 2013

Dear Sue and Family, I had the pleasure of working with Butch at Plante Moran for several years. He was a great and trusted mentor and friend. My deepest condolences to you.

January 3, 2013

with deepest sympathy. Butch was a brilliant guy and taught those of us who worked with him so many things!

Forrest Lewis

January 3, 2013

Dear Sue: I remember Butch so well. We started at P&M about the same time and he was always a dear friend. He will be missed....Marcia Hoffstetter

Paul Peterson

December 31, 2012

Dear Sue and the rest of Butch's family, I was shocked and saddened to hear of Butch's passing. I first met Butch when I crossed the hall to see who was going to be living near me during my first year at UM Law School. Eventually, Butch, along with Al Munoz and Gary Rowe became my best and life-long friends from law school. Butch and Al drove home to Ishpeming with me on one occasion, and Butch used the opportunity to visit with his great-aunts who also lived in town. I recall playing catch with Butch on many occasions within the Law Quad; and any party I attended always seemed to end with Butch having to do the "gator." While Butch and Al visited me and my family in ishpeming on a couple of times after graduation, I didn't have much personal contact with Butch in recent years. Still, he was a true friend during three difficult and trying years of our lives, and I will miss him a lot! I will hold Butch and the rest of you in my prayers.

December 29, 2012

Dear Sue,
Praying that happy memories will soon take the place of present sadness. Having suffered this kind of sorrow ourselves, we know that it is comforting to know others think of happy experiences shared with our loved ones.We are remembering happier times...all the fun we had in Toronto and Saugatuck with Gauche Gourmet.
Love and prayers from Kathy and Steve Petz

December 29, 2012

Tim and family - Our sincere and deepest sympathy on the passing of your father. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. May our Lord's ever presence surround you, your mom, and your brothers with his love, comfort and presence during this most difficult time. Know that we grieve with you. Jim and Paula Pleiman

Deborah Burton

December 29, 2012

Sue and family - Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your beloved husband and father. I feel so blessed to have worked with Butch. He was truly one of the most knowledgeable tax professionals I've ever known. But, what impressed me most was his generous spirit. He would always find the time to return a call, do the research, or discuss an issue in order to serve a client or support a colleague. He so willingly shared the gifts that God had given him. Thank you for sharing him with us.