Alvah F. “Al” Francis Butler

Former Grafton resident Alvah F. “Al” Francis Butler died of natural causes Friday, Feb. 23, at Alexian Village in Milwaukee, where he had been living since 2015. He was 95 years old.  

Mr. Butler was born on April 11, 1922, in New York City to Herbert and Frances Gibson Butler. 

He grew up in Stamford, Conn., and graduated from Stamford High School and Wright Technical Institute in Stamford. 

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as a Link Trainer flight simulator instructor and in special services. 

On June 24, 1950, he married Lois Cooper in Salem, Va.

During his lifetime, Mr. Butler lived in Connecticut, Virginia, Michigan, Georgia, North Carolina and Wisconsin, where in addition to living in Grafton and Milwaukee, he and his wife resided in Mequon.

He was vice president of sales in the automotive division of Briggs & Stratton Corp., retiring as vice president of automotive sales and technical services in 1986.  

Mr. Butler was a longtime member of St. Boniface Episcopal Church in Mequon. He enjoyed woodworking, boating, camping and traveling.

Mr. Butler is survived by his wife Lois of Milwaukee and their sons Craig (Mary) Butler of Grafton, Kenneth (Sharon) Butler of Plano, Texas, and David (Ann) Butler of Cedarburg.  

He is further survived by eight grandchildren, Ryan (Megan) Butler, Courtney Butler, Christy Severino and Melanie, Olivia, Katherine, Alvah and Natalie Butler, as well as six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, at St. Boniface Church in Mequon. A reception and luncheon will follow the service
Visitation will be at the church Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m.

The family suggests memorials to the St. Boniface Episcopal Church Memorial Fund or American Diabetes Association.

Eernisse Funeral Home, Cedarburg, is handling the arrangements.



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