Harold ‘Butch’ Multerer


Harold J. “Butch” Multerer of the Town of Port Washington,passed away surrounded by his loving family in the afternoon hours of Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Wauwatosa.  He was 78 years old.  

Butch was born in Port Washington on May 14, 1941, the son of Frank Multerer and Rose (Becker) Multerer.  

Growing up in Cedarburg, he was often found at his father’s  butcher shop, where he earned the  nickname of “little Butcher,” which in turn became his lasting moniker of “Butch.”   

A stand-out athlete, Butch graduated from Port Washington High School in 1959 and, following graduation, he chose to serve his country by enlisting with the U.S. Army, earning citations as a sharpshooter in both the M1 Rifle and carbine.    

On July 15, 1961, he married Rose Ann Jacque at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Port Washington.  

Following an honorable discharge from the military in 1964, Butch began his career as an expert machinist and tool grinder with Bolens, where he worked for 35 years and developed a reputation for his excellent custom work and multiple “government” jobs.  Butch retired after an additional 10 years with SKS Machine.

He was a member of St. John XXIII Catholic Parish, the International Association of Machinists Local 1430 and the Landt-Thiel American Legion Post in Saukville.  

Butch loved hunting, fishing, tending to his garden, watching his favorite sport of football and, most especially, his dogs — having always owned what he fondly referred to as a “block-headed” Labrador retriever.  

Ready with a story and a quick grin, Butch was happiest in the woods or holding court with a cold beer in his hand and will be remembered by all for his part in sustaining Pabst Blue Ribbon during its lean years.  

Butch is survived by his wife Rose Ann of the Town of Port Washington and five children, Mike (Tammy) Multerer of Berlin, Mark (Jodi) Multerer of Port Washington, Sue (the late Todd) Tillman of Franklin, Kay (David “Bones”) Molitor of Port Washington and Joel (Traci) Multerer of the Town of Grafton.  

He is further survived by eight grandchildren, Abigail, Madeline and Samuel Multerer, Adam (Whitney) and Alex Multerer, Evan and John Tillman and Nathan Multerer; one great-grandson, Maverick Multerer; his sister Margaret Laning of Fond du Lac; brothers-in-law Don (Sheila) Jacque of Glendale and Lawrence Jacque of Port Washington; his lifelong friend Lyle Lubner; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and many friends.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son-in-law Todd Tillman and his good friend Billy Baumgartner.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 2, at noon at St. John XXIII Catholic Parish, St. Peter of Alcantara Church, Port Washington. Father Patrick Wendt will preside over the Mass.  

A visitation will take place at the church on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10  a.m. to noon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.

Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, is honored to serve the family.  

Online condolences may be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.




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