ESCANABA - Stanley Patrick Butryn, 90, of 409 S. 29th St., Escanaba, passed away on Sunday, April 28, 2013, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette, Mich.
He was born on Jan. 31, 1923, in Schaffer, Mich., to Charles and Magdalena (Zearno) Butryn. He graduated from Escanaba High School Class of 1941. He joined the Army Air Corps in 1943, was stationed in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and flew 35 missions in the European Theater as a B-17 radio operator. For his whole life he could tap out Morse code as quickly as he could write the word.
He married the former Coleta Benn in Ardmore, Oklahoma, on June 2, 1945.
Stanley Patrick Butryn
Stanley received an honorable discharge from the service as a tech sergeant in October 1945.
Following his discharge from the service, he began his employment career with the John Deere Corporation in both Ardmore, Oklahoma, and Escanaba for 12 years. Stanley then worked for Mead Corporation for 28 years; most of his years were spent in the storeroom, retiring in 1988.
Stanley is survived by: wife Coleta of 67 years, Escanaba; son, Gary (Carol) Butryn of Escanaba; daughter, Deborah Butryn of Manistique; grandchildren, Mark (Kimberly) Butryn of Loveland, Ohio, Beth (David) Vogl of Chandler, Ariz., Matthew (Emily) Butryn of Sammamish, Wash.; great-grandchildren, Charles and John Butryn, Andre and Drake Vogl, Abby and Evan Butryn; sister, Estelle LaMourie of Goodyear, Ariz.; brother-in-law, Roger Stebbins of Menominee; sister-in-law, Jean Butryn of Escanaba; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and six sisters.
Stanley was so devoted to his family. He took much pride in the accomplishments of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
He was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church in Escanaba, the American Legion of Escanaba, and was a member of the Highland Golf Club for many years where he enjoyed playing on the Medicare League. He was also an avid Green Bay Packer and Detroit Tiger fan, and could listen to polka music by the hour!
A special thank you to the entire staff of the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans for the compassionate care that they gave Stan while he was a member there.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 2, from 3 to 3:45 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. A Veteran's Memorial Service will take place at 3:45 p.m. with funeral services to follow at 4 p.m. in the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Deacon Mike LeBeau of St. Anne Catholic Church officiating. A luncheon will be served in the Anderson Funeral Home Reception Hall at the conclusion of the service. Burial will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery. Those wishing to offer a memorial in Stan's honor are kindly asked to consider the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 1976, P.O. Box 113, Escanaba, MI 49829. Expressions of sympathy and online condolences may be directed to the Butryn family at www.andersonfuneralhomes.net.