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 Elmer Ray “Butch” Richey

Elmer Ray “Butch” Richey

Paris, Edgar County, Illinois, USA
Death 15 Oct 2015 (aged 72)
Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, USA
Burial Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 153862794 · View Source
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Elmer Richey was the son of William Henry and Anna Belle Bolin Richey.

He graduated from Seeger Memorial High School in 1961. Butch then enlisted in the US Army in 1961 and served his country until his honorable discharge in 1964 as PFC E3.

Butch married Patricia J Murphy Clawson on May 24, 1974 and lived in Catlin for 41 years. Patty Joe preceded him in death in 2006.

Butch is survived by his mother, Anna Belle, three sons Robert Richey, Michael (Mary) Clawson, Jeffrey (Melanie) Clawson; three daughters, Debbie (Jeff) Mills, Paula (John Bowers) Dolbee, Lori (Butch) Fields; 17 Grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Two special grand-daughters Lynzie Fields and Samantha Eldridge who were his “buddies”. A special niece, Tammy Burhmester, who he considered a daughter. He is also survived by two brothers, Steve (Carol) Richey and Bill (Janet) Richey.

Butch is preceded in death by his father, his wife Patricia, and a sister, Peggy Sue Buhrmester.

Butch was employed at Olin/Flexel for 33 years and 3 days. He enjoyed fishing, taking drives, storm chasing and most of all, his family and grandchildren. He followed his granddaughters sporting events and you would not be surprised to find him at a ball field or gym even after the girls retired from playing. He was known by all the girls on the teams as “Grandpa Butch”.

As a family, we will truly miss his mischievous grin and his endless stories. He never met a stranger and loved talking to anyone.

Published in the Champaign, Illinois News-Gazette. Oct 18, 2015

Family Members

Gravesite Details Butch was a groomsman in our wedding. He & Bob were in school together at Williamsport High School and Seeger High School.




  • Created by: Bob & Nancy Cannon
  • Added: 17 Oct 2015
  • Find A Grave Memorial 153862794
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Elmer Ray “Butch” Richey (13 Jan 1943–15 Oct 2015), Find A Grave Memorial no. 153862794, citing Sunset Memorial Park, Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Bob & Nancy Cannon (contributor 46739623) .