Joseph “Butch” B. Wiltzius

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died July 25th, 2019

Joseph B. “Butch” Wiltzius, 91, of Escanaba, passed away on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at Bishop Noa Home.

He was born on February 12, 1928 in Escanaba, son of Joseph B. and Esther (Olson) Wiltzius.  Butch graduated from Escanaba High School in 1946.

On June 24, 1950, Butch married Doris Dubord in Schaffer.

Butch was employed with Northwestern Railroad and then Harnischfeger until their closure.

He loved fishing even though he didn’t eat them.  Later in life, Butch took up golfing and even got a hole in one at Country Meadow Golf Course where he played almost every morning.  He enjoyed volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul until his health failed.

He leaves behind a very special nephew, Ike Herioux and friends from St. Vincent de Paul who took him to St. Vinnie’s once a week for lunch since he has been in a nursing home.

Butch is survived by his daughter, Cheryl (Pat) Miller of Gladstone; daughters in law, Marlene Wiltzius and Debby Wiltzius; grandchildren, Bryan (Tina) Wiltzius, Joseph (Jackie) Wiltzius, Erin (Josh) Mattonen, Travis (Kristina) Wiltzius and Nicole (Steven) Weber; seven great grandchildren; sisters, Ruth Wiltzius of Escanaba and Floss Vandeville of Florida; brother in law, Phil Dubord of Escanaba; sister in law, Rita Dubord of Escanaba; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Joseph and Esther; wife, Doris on March 29, 2018, he was preceded in death by two sons, Stan Wiltzius on October 24, 2010 and Michael Wiltzius on March 2, 2011; and brothers and sisters.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 30th from 3 – 5 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home, 302 S. 13th St., Escanaba.  The funeral service will follow at 5 p.m. with Rev. Tim Ferguson officiating.

Burial will take place on Wednesday, July 31st at 10:30 a.m. at Gardens of Rest Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Vincent de Paul Society.  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

A message of condolence may be directed to the family by visiting

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Wiltzius family.

3 Tributes to “Joseph “Butch” B. Wiltzius”

  1. I always thought of Butch as the most fun loving of my uncles. I greatly enjoyed being around him, which wasn’t nearly often enough. My mom (his sister) Florence, who lives in Florida near me, spoke of him often and with great fondness.

  2. Dear Cheryl,
    We were saddened to hear of your dad’s passing. We always enjoyed visiting with him at Bishop Noa Home during the supper hour. He made us smile when he ordered his bowl of Rice Krispies and toast. He, Hazel and Frank were good table mates and your dad’s presence is missed. He was quiet but joined in the conversation when we brought up your name, fishing or golf. Your dad was very proud of the fact that he attended his grandson’s wedding this Summer. The family pictures from that day will be treasured more now than ever. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. With Deepest Sympathy, Nancy and Tim LeGault

  3. We were sorry to hear of Butch’s passing. Even though we never met, we are related. Wayne Wiltzius was Butch’s cousin. He lives in Escanaba as well. I’m surprised they never met each other. He sent me the obit. Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. It’s hard to loose someone you loved dearly. From our family to yours, our Deepest Sympathy. Patrick & Lynn Wiltzius,

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