Jerry Reginald Butler - Oct 22, 2015 at Elm Creek Community Hall

JERRY REGINALD BUTLER

Jerry Reginald Butler, born October 14, 1944 in Carman, MB to Reginald Frank and Olive Mae Butler (Naughler), died tragically October 16, 2015 surrounded by his family. He leaves to mourn his wife Ann of 39 years, son Darren (Kristi), son Kevin (Jody), daughter Carmen (Brad), step-son Steven Blanco (Kathy), step-daughter Sandra VanDeynze (Marc); grandchildren, Melissa, Cole, Wyatt, Jacy, Dylan, Brittany, Justin and Austin. Siblings Don (Betty-Ann), Linda (Dale), Valerie (Gilles), Mona (George), in-laws Pat (Eugene), Brad (Heather), Doug (Tim) as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and fellow musicians

Jerry grew up on the family farm; at a young age he decided to head north to the Swan River area to work in a logging camp. It was here he started his career with the machinery company - Co-op Implements (CCIL) as a mechanic moving to up to the position of area coordinator for all the depots in Alberta.

In the spring of 1977, a move back to the home farm took place where he lived with his wife Ann until his death last Friday. Jerry farmed with his Dad Reg and son Kevin. Throughout those years, Jerry was very active with the Elm Creek community serving on boards of the local Co-op, Curling Club, Kinsmen, Wheat Club, Man Corn, Greymac, and Kevin's hockey team.

Music was a passion alongside his family and farm. He learned to play the saxophone by ear at the age of 14, adding guitar and banjo as the years progressed. Many lifelong friends were made through mutual love of music.

The cold winters soon took Jerry and Ann to Texas for over 20 years where there was warm sunshine, fun, lots of music, great memories and friends.

Jerry will be remembered for his quick wit, charm, talent, winning smile but most of all for his love of life.

His family would like to thank everyone for their compassion, kindness regarding phone calls, food, flowers, offers of help and community support. Special thanks to the EMT's, STARS Ambulance and HSC Trauma Centre staff for their compassionate care for him and them. A private family interment will be at the Elm Creek Cemetery following the service. In memory, donations may be made to the Parkinson's Society of Manitoba or a charity of your choice.

Funeral Service for Jerry Butler was held at Elm Creek Community Hall, Thursday October 22 at 2 P.M.