Fred Butz |

Fred Butz

Fred H. Butz died Dec. 12, 2013, in the home of his daughter in Spokane, Wash.

He was born Dec. 8, 1926, in Nevada City to Fred and Phyllis (Nelson) Butz of Celestial Valley, Yuba County.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at Blackmer Funeral Home, 305 N. Mill St., in Grangeville.

Fred attended school in Camptonville and later graduated from Grass Valley High School. He enlisted in the Merchant Marines, U.S. Coast Guard right after graduation and served throughout the Pacific, returning home in November of 1946.

Fred and Ada spent their lives largely in Northern California, where he worked in the lumber industry, retiring as a sawmill superintendent from Martell, Calif. When Fred retired, they moved to Grangeville to be closer to their hunting cabin.

Retirement was really the best of times. He worked off and on with his brother-in-law, Colin Rhoades. He fished, hunted, made improvements to the cabin and built a home. Fred was always busy and more than willing to lend a hand. He took great delight in teaching his great-grandsons to hunt.

Fred is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ada (Rhoades); daughter Beverly Myers (Doug); grandchildren Stephan Davis of Spokane and Becky McCarville (Martin) of Penngrove, Calif.; and great-grandsons Zach, Gus, Peter, Tanner and Eko. He is also survived by his sisters, Thelma Gates-Jackson of Grass Valley and Lois Butz of Camptonville.

Memorial donations can be made to the Elks Club in Grangeville.

Fred was a loving husband and father, a loyal friend, a great shot and a truly nice man.

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