Burton "Butch" Wetherell, 70, died suddenly Thursday morning, January 31, 2002, at the Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center Emergency Room. His death came peacefully at 8:39 a.m.
Funeral services were held Monday, February 4, at the Hope United Methodist Church with Dr. Charles Curl officiating. He was laid to rest in the Riverside Cemetery in Marshalltown. Estel-Perrin-Avey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Burton Arthur Wetherell was born on April 5, 1931 in Storm Lake, the son of Ralph and Ila Wetherell. He was raised by his grandparents Art and Bessie Wetherell. He received his education in the Peterson area.
On May 26, 1951, he was united in marriage to Marilyn Mae Story in Spencer. They resided in Northwest Iowa where he was employed as a boom-truck driver for Iowa Electric. In 1984, they moved to Marshalltown where he was employed with Iowa Electric (now Alliant Energy) at the garage on Nevada Street until retiring in 1991. After retirement he mowed electrical substations for his previous employers. Mr. Wetherell was a member of the Hope United Church family and the IBEW Union.
Butch will be fondly remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who enjoyed fishing and playing cards. He started the family tradition of taking the grandkids to Minnesota fishing when they reached the age of 15. He liked to watch sports on TV, bowling, the hand and foot card game, accomplished building a house in Missouri with his son Joe and solving the world's problems at Cecil's in the early morning hours as well as breakfast at Monica's, which was also a favorite pastime. But most of all, he loved his family very much and will be greatly missed by them.
Left to mourn his loss are his devoted and loving wife of 50 years, Marilyn "Mazie", five cherished children: Mary (Douglas) Piper of Strawberry Point, Sally (Eugene) Alt of Audubon, Susan (Stephen) Terhune of Jamesport, MO., Jane (Dennis) Meyer of Powder Springs, GA., and Joe of Laquey, MO. Also 14 grandchildren: Kami (Devin) Houser of Macedonia, Gregory (Trisca) Piper of South St. Paul, MN., Dennis Meyer and his fiancee Leslie Tanner of Lithia Springs, GA., Jayson (Nicole) Pingel of Omaha, Kerry Terhune and her fiance Steven Wasinger of Victoria, Kansas, Timothy (Shannon) Meyer of Kansas City, MO., Shawnda Pingel of Carroll, Geoffrey (Crystal) Piper of Strawberry Point, Michael (Kim) Terhune of Jamesport, MO., Jonathan Piper and his fiancee Renae Finley of Winfield, Kansas, James Meyer of Orlando FL., Minette Piper, Suzie Piper and David Piper all of Strawberry Point; as well as six beloved great-grandchildren: Jared, Jakob, Hayley, Dillion, Katie, and Alexia. Also surviving him are his brothers and sisters: Clifford (Ruby) of Spencer, Dale (Rose) of Storm Lake, Paul (Carol) of Cherokee, Billy Joe (Connie) of Sloan, Dennis (Faye) of Virginia, Glen (Norene) of Spencer, Bernice Heschke of Reno, NV., Helen Frederickson of Florida, Phyllis Brown of Ruthven, Sharon (Larry) Hervey of Newton, Shirley (George) Francis of Tacoma, WA., and Carol Ann (Dale) Culp in Nebraska as well as his sister-in-laws Eria and Sophie, numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends
In death he rejoined his parents, his brothers Richard and Charles and three sisters, Marjorie Dicks-Klatt, Darlene Wetherell and Mary Katherine Wetherell.