Frank Merz Butterfield Jr. “Jef,” of Amelia Island, Fla., passed away on July 11, 2018, at the age of 69.
Jef was born on Oct. 31, 1948, in Cheverly, Md., to Frank Merz Butterfield Sr. and Mary Joyce Butterfield. He was a graduate of the Marist School and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina.
He was married to his loving wife Cecilia David Butterfield on March 26, 1972, and had recently celebrated his 46th wedding anniversary.
Jef spent 45 years in the building material industry. During his career, he was CEO and president of three manufacturing companies: Master Door Co., Coastal Moldings and Gossen Corp. Throughout his years in the industry, he loved the people he worked with and was grateful for the friendships he made along the way.
Mr. Butterfield also served his country as a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army and was stationed in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. Afterwards he served in the United States Reserves for many years. He had the utmost respect for those who served our country and would always stop to shake their hand and thank them for their service when he met someone in uniform.
Jef was an avid pilot who held instrument and commercial ratings. Over the years he was an owner operator of several planes, including the King Air, which he loved to fly.
He was predeceased by his father, Frank Merz Butterfield Sr.
Jef is survived by his loving wife, Cecilia David Butterfield; his mother, Mary Joyce Butterfield; his daughter, Ashley Butterfield Peters (Christian); his son, Frank Merz Butterfield, III (Sarah); four grandchildren, Elizabeth Cecilia Peters, Mary Christian Peters, Frank Merz Butterfield IV “Jack,” and Caroline David Butterfield. Jef was is also survived by his sister, Cynthia Butterfield Glover (J. Littleton “Litt”); his sister-in-law, Roselyn David Davis (Wilbur); several nieces; one nephew; and several other family members.
Jef was a quiet, unassuming man who was a devoted husband, son, father and granddaddy. Affectionately known as “Poppy” to his grandchildren, and “Uncle One F” to his nephew and nieces, Jef was also a recipient of endless hugs from his beloved standard poodle “Ariel.” His faith, his family and his friends were his top priorities in life. He will be missed by all whose lives he touched during the time he was with us.
The funeral service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, July 16, 2018, at St. William Catholic Church, St. Simons Island, Ga.
In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions may be made to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission, 830 N. 19th St., Milwaukee, WI 53233, and the Charles E. Kubly Foundation, 1341 W. Mequon Road, Mequon, WI 53092.
Arrangements are entrusted into the care of Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home, www.edomillerandsons.com.