Dr. William (Bill) Buttery went to be with his Lord on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, at the age of 86. He is survived by his wife, Josephine (Jo) of 21 years, sister, Mary (Buttery) Carter; children: Amy (Steve) Littler, DeeDee (Tom) McKinney, and John Buttery; nephew, David Sleep; stepchildren: Debbie Knight (Mark Wenz) and Jim Knight (Debbie); grandchildren: Tyler, Lauren, Preston, and Davis; step-grandchildren: Samantha (Brandon) Wilson, Luke, Tyler and Hailey (Russell Johnson); and great-granddaughters, Kara and Cassidy. Preceded in his passing were his parents, Homer and Frances Buttery of Darlington; grandson, Sam Buttery-Littler; step granddaughter, Kristina Knight, and the mother of his children, Carol Stout Buttery.
Bill grew up on his family’s farm in Darlington. He graduated from Darlington High School, married Carol Stout and served in the U.S. Army at Ft. Richardson in Alaska. After his service, he returned to Wisconsin to pursue his education. Bill earned his BA at UW- Platteville, Master’s from the U of MN, and Doctorate at Arizona State. After relocating to Arizona in the mid-70’s, Bill held numerous teaching and administrative positions, retiring as the Campus Dean of Central Arizona College - Aravaipa.
Bill never met a stranger or missed the opportunity to have an enjoyable conversation. He dearly loved his family, friends, pets, garden, workshop, and his signature hat collection – each hat had a story behind it.
The world is not as bright without Bill Buttery. He was one of a kind and we will miss him forever. A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at the Elks Lodge in San Manuel, Ariz., on Feb. 10 at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in Bill’s name.