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2018-01-10 / Obituaries

Roy J. Butkovich

Lifelong Engadine resident, Roy J. Butkovich, 80, died Tuesday afternoon, January 2, 2018 at his home in which he was born and was built by his grandfather. He was surrounded by his loving family and under the care of North Woods Hospice following a six-month battle with cancer.

Born August 22, 1937 in Engadine, son of the late Frank and Dera (Stimac) Butkovich, he was a 1955 graduate of Engadine High School. On April 11, 1959 he married the former Janis Lockhart.

He formerly owned and operated Roy and Jan’s, a restaurant and gas station adjacent to the Garfield Township Hall, and later resided in Marquette where he was employed with the Michigan Milk Producers Association for six years.

Moving back to Engadine, he owned a farm on Pleasant Avenue, worked construction for Earl Legault for two years and later was employed by Inland Lime and Steel for 20 years.

In 1975 he bought his father’s farm, which always had between 50 - 100 head of beef cattle, and also owned and operated a gravel pit. Just a few weeks prior to his death he and his sons butchered a cow.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his siblings, Walter, Richard, Jimmy and two infant brothers; brother-in-law, Bill Edwards; and sister-in-law, Joyce Butkovich.

Survivors include his loving wife, Janis of Engadine; children, Sue (Dale) Greenwald, Charles “Chuck” (Sue), Carl (Cathy), Mike (Lisa), Darin (Rose) and Keith (Mandy), all of Engadine; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; siblings, Art (Peggy), Don (Cathy), Mary Edwards and Betty (Ed) Mantei, all of Engadine, and Rose (Pete) Anderson of Newberry; and sisters-in-law, Steffie Butkovich of Livonia and Judy Butkovich- Malak of Powers.

Funeral services were held at the Garfield Township Hall Saturday, January 6 with Steve Miller presiding.

Memorials may be directed to the family or used for projects in Engadine.

Condolences may be expressed online at

Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.

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