Stuart J. "Stu" Butler

June 05, 1961 - November 17, 2022


Obituary For Stuart J. "Stu" Butler

Stuart J. “Stu” Butler, age 61, died peacefully on Thursday, November 17, 2022, from liver cancer surrounded by his family at home. Stu, the son of Patrick and Ruth (Cadwell) Butler, was born on June 5, 1961, in Madison WI.

He attended La Follette High School, and then continued his studies at Madison Technical College. Stu and his older brother, Hawley, created Butler Painting & Prefinishing, where he spent over 40 years serving the Deforest and surrounding area.

Stu had a wonderful life filled with a tight knit, loving family and close group of friends. He enjoyed his free time on the golf course, hunting, and watching Badger sports.

There are some things that make Stu who he is. His family was his world. He was always finding ways to make his wife of over 30 years feel loved and special with his romantic heart. He was relied on by many, and you could always count on him for coming to help. He was thrilled to become a grandpa and cherished seeing his granddaughter grow. Stu was meticulous about his work; nothing went out the door unless it was perfect. He took great pride in what he did. His golf game got a lot of practice. He would get out there any chance he could, even hit a hole in one in his career. Stu loved to be outdoors, his trips out West to hunt mule deer with his brother and friends and walleye fishing on Lake Erie. Chasing storms or watching them from his porch at home, everything about nature caught his attention. He loved what life had to offer.

Stu is survived by his wife, Alice (Needham) Butler, married 34 years; children, Nathan (Allison) Butler and Preston Butler; granddaughter, Alaina Butler; mother, Ruth Butler; siblings, Julie (Bob) Wipperfurth, Hawley (Teal) Butler, Chris (Lisa) Butler, and Jodie (Jim) Wing; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, Patrick Butler.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church, 2420 St. Albert the Great Drive, Sun Prairie, on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at 11:00 am with Msgr. Donn Heiar officiating. A visitation will be prior to mass at St. Albert’s from 9:30-11:00 am.

A special thanks to the staff at Agrace who helped care for Stu in his final days, and to Msgr. Donn for his thoughtfulness and prayers over Stu and the entire family.


23 Nov


09:30 AM - 11:00 AM

St. Albert the Great Catholic Church 2402 St. Albert the Great Drive Sun Prairie, WI 53590 Get Directions »
23 Nov

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 AM

St. Albert the Great Catholic Church 2402 St. Albert the Great Drive Sun Prairie, WI 53590 Get Directions »
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  • 11/23/2022

    My condolences to the Butler family on the passing of Stu. I am thankful for having had the opportunity to have coached with him. He and I coached Nathan's 7th grade youth basketball team together. He paid close attention to details and had a competitive streak that allowed for insights and suggestions. I learned from Stu and made use of his ideas in my future coaching endeavors. In the years that followed, whenever I'd run into Stu, he greeted me with a welcoming smile and conversation. I felt a sense of mutual respect and I am very appreciative of this. God bless ... -Ed Sommers and Family

  • 11/23/2022

    To Ruthie and her entire family, I send my deepest sympathy on the loss of your son. May God grant peace to you all. Sincerly, Shirley Gulvik

  • 11/23/2022

    So sorry to hear this news, he was a good friend, fellow ball player, and many good and pleasant memories, condolences to all his family were also friends and professional providers to our family, Casey O'Keefe

  • 11/21/2022

    Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. We have been fortunate to have had Stu in our lives for so many years and are thankful to have had such a good friend. It has been our pleasure and truly an honor to known him. He will be missed. Love and Hugs!

  • 11/20/2022

    May the trees be blessed to be planted in an area full of wildlife and where the deer prance joyfully. Our sincerest thoughts and prayers are with you during this unimaginable time. 😢 We love you all.❤️

  • 11/20/2022

    We went to School with him. RIP, so sorry for the family.

  • 11/20/2022

    Hawley, My deepest sympathies to you and your family on the loss of your brother. Wishing you peace and comfort during this time of sorrow.

  • 11/20/2022

    Hawley and family. So sorry to learn of Stu's passing. I've enjoyed knowing him and working with you both many times through the years. Hope you all are doing ok. Take care. Tom and Martie Schultz

  • 11/19/2022

    You are going to be greatly missed by all. I enjoyed all conversations I had with you. I will always have memories of the "Hole in one" that I was able to witness while playing with you up North. May you rest in peace.

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  • 11/19/2022

    We love you so much Stu. You were an amazing person and our lives will never be the same without you. See you on the other side. ❤️😢


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    Emily hanson sent Cheerful Flower Arrangement for Stuart J. "Stu" Butler - November 21, 2022

    Butler Family, We are thinking of you and continue to pray for your healing during this difficult time. We love you all! -Em, Mitchell, Henry & Kasia!

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    Charlene Needham sent Cherished Friend Bouquet for Stuart J. "Stu" Butler - November 19, 2022

    Our love at this time of great loss.

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    Debi Waldusky sent Serene Retreat for Stuart J. "Stu" Butler - November 19, 2022

    Stu, we were so blessed to know you. You were an amazing man and we will cherish our memories. God Bless, Mike, Debi, Erica, Adam & Zariah Waldusky

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    Scott and Teresa planted 5 trees in memory of Stuart J. "Stu" Butler . - November 21, 2022

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James S. | July 2020

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Lynda R. | July 2020

Services provided for both parents were perfect, on time, and no issues. Brenda is awesome and strong!

Michael M. | July 2020

Skyler was absolutely amazing. She was so caring and helpful through this whole process. She even went above and beyond to meet with us in DeForest and even to make a stop at our home to drop off or pick up anything needed. While it was a small gesture, it was so helpful and greatly appreciated.

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