Jack M. Butts, 71, of Eureka, and the father of a Libby woman, died on Aug. 12, 2005, at Brendan House in Kalispell.
He was born on Oct. 31, 1933, at Priest River, Idaho, to Clarence and Ilda Bushee Butts.
He grew up and attended school at Rexford and Eureka.
A veteran of military service, Jack took pride in serving his country aboard a U.S. Naval ship during the Korean War, 1952-1955.
On April 7, 1956, Jack married his best friend Elizabeth (Betty) Dischinger.
Jack worked out of Rexford and Libby as a dozer operator for St. Regis.
The family made many wonderful memories at their home on Glen Lake, as well as the surrounding lakes where Jack took his family fishing and camping, passing these traditions on to his children and grandchildren by introducing them to hunting and fishing, spending hours on his favorite "toy," a pontoon boat.
Jack will be remembered for his love of God, his family and his friends. He was a loving husband, dad, papa and brother.
His parents Clarence and Ilda, a sister Chris and a brother Jerry preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife Betty Ann, Eureka; children Eilene Tolle and her husband Jim, Libby, and their son Jimmy; Marvin Butts and his wife Tammy, Elko, Nev., and their children Steven, Nathan, Misty, Jenny, Lisa and Merceades; Jim Butts and his wife Nikki, Eureka, and their children Trista and Melissa; Debbie Price and her husband Tony, Kalispell, and their children, TJ, Ryan and Joy; Mary Olson and her husband Jim, Kalispell, and their children Craig, Adam and Alysha; brother Rod Butts, Eureka, five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation was from 6-7 p.m. Monday at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church with a Rosary service at 7.
Services, under direction of the Nelson & Vial Funeral Home in Eureka, were conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Mercy Catholic Church.