It is with great sadness that the family of John "Jack" Riel Butler announces his passing on November 16, 2020 at FH Wigmore Regional Hospital, Moose Jaw, following a brief stay in hospital in Swift Current and Moose Jaw. John (Jack) Riel Butler, son of John and Helen Butler, was born March 9, 1927 on his parents' farm near Success, Saskatchewan. Other than a few years when he and Freda were first married, and since March, 2018, when he moved to the Prairie Health Care Centre at Cabri, Jack lived his whole life on this farm.
Jack attended school in Success. He was a lifelong member of the Roman Catholic Church, attending Success, St. Michael's, Sacred Heart, Christ the Redeemer and while at the care home, St. Joseph's RC in Cabri. He attended and enjoyed the services at the care home, and the meaningful visits with Deacon David Hagel. As a young man, Jack worked for the RM doing road maintenance, as well as telephone line maintenance. Mostly Jack was a farmer - working first with his parents on their dairy and grain farm, and then taking over the family farm and running his own cattle and grain operation. For their first date, Jack took Freda Macaulay of Leinan district to a dance at Whitehall School. He was dressed up fancy and she was beautiful. Jack married Freda Macaulay in April, 1949 at the Roman Catholic Church in Success. Sadly, she predeceased him in August, 1971. Jack married Pat Osborne in 1975. Jack loved hunting coyotes, foxes, and the odd rabbit, with his hounds. He hunted with his dad, then with his buddies, and finally with his own sons. He told many wild stories of hunting. Jack had a great memory and loved retelling, and reliving, those hair raising adventures. Jack loved dogs and horses. He could tell you the name of a dog or a horse, their qualities - good or bad, and a story of something they had done together from years ago. He was an avid card player - as long as it was Smear. He said he started playing it in his teens. For many years he would meet up with the card players in Success for morning coffee and a game. He played sharply, right up until Covid shut down card games this past spring. He was an active member of the community helping with sports days, curling and skating rinks, and hall activities. When Jack retired he did some camping, golfing and travelling. He went to Hawaii, as well as spent several winters in the States, escaping the Saskatchewan winter. In his later years he enjoyed drives to check crops and cattle, movies on television, reading Western novels, visits in person or by phone, his comfortable Lazy Boy chair, and a nice warm house. He was most content be at home. Jack is survived by his four children and their families: SHIRLEY (Lyle Burnett), Kris (Brent) Kasia & Kira; Sheldon (Tana) Cohen & Linken; WAYNE (Laurie), Jackie (Terry) Neasha & Theo; Christine (Lindsay) Shaianne (Cody) Hadley; Ryan (Nina) Charley & Ryleigh; Miranda (Orlando) Adalynn, Emberly & Omelia; RICK (Kathy), Chad; Jesse (Janice); Kurtis (Rita), Kara; DARREL (Donna), Devon; Dwight (Morgan). Predeceased by parents John and Helen (Sivigny) Butler; first wife Freda; infant grandson, Sheldon John Burnett; sisters Madonna and Phyllis; nieces Joanne and Lynn; nephew John. Pallbearers were grandsons of Jack Butler: Sheldon Burnett, Chad Butler, Jesse Butler, Kurtis Butler, Devon Butler, Dwight Butler
Due to Covid19 restrictions, a private family service was held at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church on November 24, 2020. Covid permitting, a public social will be held summer 2021 at Success Hall.
Donations in memory of Jack Butler can be made to Success Hall, Box 111, Success, Sk S0N 2R0 or Prairie Health Care Centre, Box 79, Cabri Sk S0N 0J0. Warren's Funeral Home were entrusted with the arrangements. For further information call 306-773-8831 or 1-800-267-6606 or visit our website at www.warrensfuneralhome.com and express your sympathy on the family tribute wall.
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