Percy Joseph Butler, 92, of Petoskey, died Feb. 3, 1994, at Bortz Health Care of Petoskey. A service will be held at a later date.
Mr. Butler was born Aug. 21, 1901, in Burt Township, the son of Joseph and Claudia (Crump) Butler. He grew up in the Burt Lake area and attended school at Pellston where he graduated from high school in 1922. He also attended Central Michigan College in Mount Pleasant where he received his teaching certificate. On June 27, 1927, he married Evelyn A Hoopfer in Detroit. She preceded him in death in 1986. Mr. Butler taught school in Burt Lake for three years. He then went to Chicago where he attended Chicago Engineering Institute and received an electrical engineering degree. He worked for Detroit Edison for five years, then lived near Elk Rapids for 14 years where he was a self-employed builder and electrical contractor. He lived in Rogers City for one year and worked for the Electrical Department of Rogers City. He then moved to Charlevoix where he worked until his retirement in 1978. Later, he moved to Petoskey to live with his daughter. Mr. Butler also enjoyed woodworking and was a cabinet maker. He was an avid reader and had a poetry book, titled "Portals to Peace," published.
Survivors include three daughters, Ruth Hanson and her husband, Allen, of Petoskey, Joyce Miller and her husband, Paul, of Port Austin, and Sharon Lyons and her husband, Dale of Manhattan, Kan.; nine grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; one niece and four nephews. Mr. Butler was preceded in death by his brother, Floyd; two sisters, Laura Parkey and Ethel Butler; and two half sisters, Edith Palmer and Bertha Aldrich.
Evelyn and Percy have Memorial Rocks placed in Memorial Park in Petoskey
Evelyn Hoopfer Butler
1903–1986 (m. 1927)
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