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Gerald Butz

Gerald ‘Jerry’ Butz

COAL CITY, Ill. – Mr. Gerald “Jerry” Butz, 70, of Coal City, Ill., passed away suddenly Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Ill.

Born July 29, 1943, in Ottawa, Ill., Mr. Butz was raised and educated in Braidwood, Ill. He has been retired for 17 years from ComEd after several years of employment. 

Jerry’s pride and joy was maintaining his many motorcycles and cars. He also enjoyed tending to his yard and watching NASCAR races.

Surviving are his wife, Kathleen (Ryan) Butz, of Coal City, whom he married Oct. 25, 1969, in Coal City; one half-brother, Donald Barkley; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding him in death were his parents, John Butz and Ethel (Perry) Barkley; and numerous half-brothers and half-sisters.

Cremation rights have been accorded. Memorial visitation will be at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes Ltd. & Crematory, Braidwood Chapel, 401 E. Main St., Braidwood, from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his name to the Illinois Veterans Home, 1 Veterans Drive, Manteno, Ill., 60950, would be appreciated.

For more information and to sign his online guestbook, please log on to www.rwpattersonfuneralhomes.com.

R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Ltd. & Crematory is in charge of arrangements. The funeral home can be contacted by telephone at 815-458-2336.

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