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Obituary for Raymond A. "Butch" Spanjers

Raymond A. "Butch" Spanjers, 81, took his final breath Sunday morning, May 15, 2011, at his home in Genoa, Wis., after a brief battle with an aggressive cancer. During the week preceding his death, Butch was surrounded by his wife of nearly 60 years, Joyce (Sullivan) "Sully" Spanjers; his children, Raymond (Amy), Rebecca, Jean, John (Valerie), Stephen, and Benjamin (Michelle); several of his 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; relatives; his friend and confidant, Mickey Ireton; and many friends.
Butch was born in Racine, Wis., on February 18, 1930, and was the youngest of four children born to Raymond P. and Greta (Verwey) Spanjers. On October 27, 1951, he married Joyce M. "Sully" Sullivan at St. Edward Catholic Church in Racine, Wis. Butch operated a successful caulking and weather-stripping business for most of his life and was regarded as the best in the region. For several years in the 1970's, he operated Butch's Tap on Douglas Avenue in Racine, until moving to Genoa. Butch's life was driven by his passion for people, playing cards, fishing, and his family. Because he found goodness in everyone, he was loved and honored by them all. His memory is in keeping peace with his generous spirit, open heart, gentle wisdom, and hilarious wit.
Butch is also survived by his sister, Bertha Rademacher; his brother, Leonard Spanjers; his daughter-in-law, Mary Spanjers; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sons, David, Peter, and Tony; and his brother, John.
In accordance with his wishes, Butch's body will be cremated and a visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, (Woodruff Chapel), 4239 Mormon Coulee Rd., La Crosse. There will be no service or burial. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and will be designated at a later date. Online condolences may be sent at
He will always be our rock.