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Paul Edward Butch

Paul Edward Butch, age 87, of Kalamazoo, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2020, of natural causes. He was born in Lisbon, Ohio on April 30, 1933, the son of Felix Butch and Lucile (Long) Vogt. After growing up in Ohio, he married the love of this life Dorothy (Dottie) Jean Drummond, in 1952. He served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1955. Paul then began his life-long journey in the field of education. He earned degrees from Ohio Northern University and Kent State. He worked in Ohio as a teacher and administrator, and in 1967, he and Dottie moved their young family to Kalamazoo Michigan, where he took a teaching job at Nazareth College. Paul had a 25-year career as an educator in the Kalamazoo area, moving from Nazareth to the Portage school system, teaching students at all levels. During that time, he earned multiple degrees from Western Michigan University. Paul’s students were naturally drawn to his easy-going charm, and he formed lasting relationships with former students, fellow teachers, and colleagues. Paul, Dottie and their three children moved to Vicksburg in the early 70's and for many years enjoyed life on Sunset Lake, boating, fishing, swimming, and took pleasure in the company of many good friends. After retiring from Portage Public Schools, Paul and Dot built a house in Cape Coral, Florida and spent many wonderful years there. In 2007 they returned to the Portage area to be closer to family. Paul will be remembered by many for his accepting, compassionate spirit…all were welcome at the Butch home, where there were often gatherings large and small. Paul and Dottie were generous hosts to many over the years. He also had a very quick wit and was king of the cornball jokes, even in his last days. Paul is preceded in his passing by his beloved Dot (2015). Left to cherish many fond memories are his children: Paula (Andrew) Flanagan, Melinda (Brad Page) Boccia, and Kevin (Andrea Parker) Butch; grandchildren: Zakery Northrop, McKenna (Ben) Bishop, Emma (Reid) Albrecht, and Eliza (Bryan) Jach, Frances (Kyle Parker) Flanagan; great-grandchildren: Mabel Bishop, Elliot Jach, Samantha Parker; sisters: Patricia (Donald) Wutrick, Martha Cobb; brother-in-law: Joseph Hostnik. Also, many caring nieces, nephews, and friends in Michigan, Ohio, and Florida. In accordance with Paul’s wishes cremation has taken place and there will be no public services held at this time. A private interment of Paul and Dorothy’s cremains will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Augusta, Michigan at a later date. Donations can be made in Paul’s name to Hospice of SW Michigan, www.hospiceswmi.org and the Parkinson’s Foundation, www.parkinson.org. Please take time to sign Paul’s guestbook at www.avinkcremation.com by lighting a candle and/or sharing a memory with his family. The Butch family is being cared for by the Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 129 South Grand, Schoolcraft, MI 49087 (269)679-5622.

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My sincerest condolences to all of Paul's ( and Dottie's) children and grandchildren from your 2nd cousin Bob Macchione. (I'm your great aunt Mary Butch's - son originally from Leetonia).

Bob Macchione Sep 1 2021 9:48 PM

Thank you so much for your memory of our dad. He would be proud and happy to know he touched your life!

Melinda Boccia Dec 23 2020 1:43 PM

Dear Melinda and family, So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. May you find comfort in the many warm thoughts of friends who are holding you close in heart. Kathy Descheneau

Kathy Descheneau Oct 29 2020 2:30 PM

So many cherished memories of my Uncle Paul and I have to include his other half, Aunt Dot. They both were so kind to me and my family. Those memories will be forever preserved in our hearts. Our deepest sympathies to my cousins. Wishing you courage, strength and love to help you through your loss.

Pam Colella Oct 27 2020 9:57 PM

Paula, Melinda Kevin and families I am so sorry for your loss and know if there is anything I can do let me know. You know I loved your dad and mom as though they were my own and if ever a need for cookies you know where to find me. Now Paul and Dot can be together again. Paula has my # and I think Melinda does too. Call any time and come visit.

Lyn German Oct 26 2020 8:43 AM

Paul I will always love you and Dot forever. You were the kindest people one could ever want to know. Paul you cleared my driveway in the Winter when Mike was gone and wouldn't take any money but I got you back I baked cookies. After Dot passed and you moved I still baked cookies for birthdays and holidays or just because and you said you had to hide them so when all the kids came over they didn't eat them all. I am sad you guys had to leave us but I will see you again when my time comes. Glad you and Dot can be together again and please look up my parents and tell them you were my adopted parents. Your children are just like you and Dot kind and considerate and love my cookies too. Love always Lyn

Lyn German Oct 26 2020 8:36 AM

Sending our heartfelt condolences. Vic & Sheri Sherman

Vic & Sheri Sherman Oct 25 2020 4:41 PM

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Oct 24 2020 8:12 AM

Mr. Butch was one of two teachers that influenced me in making the decision to pursue my own teaching career. He was only at United for one year and I always thought he left teaching because of his experience with my class at United- and who would have blamed him; dealing with 38 twelve year olds was huge task. Glad to find that he made a career of teaching. With the help of the internet I tried to track him down in the last few years but failed. I am sorry that it was his obituary that filled in that gap of 60 years. I would have loved to tell him how important he was in my life. What I am able to do now is extend my condolences to his family and friends, and remind them of how lucky they were to have him in their lives. You were a good man, Mr. Butch, rest easy.

Randy Starkie Oct 23 2020 1:11 PM

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