ISHPEMING, MI / SUMTER, SC - Wilfred "Butch" Davis, 67, of Sumter, SC, passed away Saturday, May 3, 2014, surrounded by love at home with his family by his side following a brief illness.
Butch was born February 19, 1947 in Ishpeming, to the late Francis and Violet (Mager) Davis. He attended Ishpeming High School and worked various jobs as a young man before beginning his 38 years of service for Marquette General Hospital, retiring in 2008.
Butch knew his bachelor days were over when he met his wife Linda (Feltner) 30 years ago. They became inseparable, marrying the next year in1985 and living in Sands Township before moving back to Ishpeming in 1998. Following Butch's retirement they chose to move to South Carolina in 2009 to be near seldom seen family and warm southern breezes.
Along with his devoted wife, Linda, Butch is survived by his son; Joseph Davis and his wife, Madelyn, who Butch doted on, a brother; Norman (Shelly) Davis, 2 sisters; Cathy (Terry) Wilson and Patty Anderson, Mother-in-law; Shirley (Lowell) Miller, Father-in-law; Albert (Kim) Feltner, brother-in-law, Albert (Cindy) Feltner, sisters-in-law; Susan Davis, Sandra (Joe) Drozd, Julie (Ralph) Belmore, and close friend and later "Aunt"; Clara Feltner, along with several nieces and nephews.
Butch was preceded in death by his parents; Francis and Violet, brothers; Arnold and William Davis, sisters; Norma (Lloyd) Bess, Donna (Vern) Posio and Viola Sharon (Paul) Ninnis who passed away just minutes before her brother Butch.
Butch lived his life as an honest, unselfish, give anyone the shirt off his back, and "don't worry about me" kind of man. He chose to only see the positive in everything and everybody, always putting others needs above his own. Butch took joy in being at home with his family and spending time with him was always fun and relaxing. He indulged in fishing and hunting, going to camp, taking long walks and loved meeting new people.
Butch was a cribbage master who could count his cards and everyone else's before the first peg was ever moved. He enjoyed watching football, would make the best pasties and could always be entertained by watching classic western movies with one of his beloved animals by his side. Butchie loved his U.P. and was a very proud member of the Brothertown Indian Nation.
A memorial service will be held for Butch in his hometown of Ishpeming, MI at a later date.
A very special thank you to Beacon Hospice, Williams Funeral Home, Sumter, SC and his special nurse, Shonta.