Peoria, IL – William Kossuth Butterfield, 82, of Peoria, formerly of Elmwood, passed away Friday, November 15, 2013 at his home.
He was born November 10, 1931 in Peoria, the son of Frederick K. and Mary E. (Herbert) Butterfield. He married Gay I. Eccles on April 10, 1950 in Elmwood.
He is survived by his wife and seven children, Carole (Ken) Fox of Dayton, OH, Barbara of Peoria, Susan (Dave) Haney of Tucson, AZ, Marti (Paul) Bierdeman of East Peoria, Penny (Jim) Jones of Columbia, SC, Chip (Corie) Butterfield of Pekin and Jill Gostin of Woodstock, GA; 11 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; 7 step-great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Diane (Wayne) Slone of Elmwood and 1 half-sister, Rebecca Ann Serano of Bakersfield, CA.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his step-father, Fred Larson; his brother, Herb Butterfield; and his great-granddaughter, Olivia Bierdeman.
He served the Lord through the East Peoria Free Methodist Church as Sunday school teacher, Bible teacher, Lay Minister and held many conference offices.
He was a Korean War Veteran serving in the United States Marine Corps. He worked for Caterpillar Inc. for 41 years, retiring in 1990.
Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, at Remmert Funeral Home in East Peoria. The Rev. Ivan Timm will officiate. Visitation will be 1 hour before the funeral. Burial will be at Elmwood Township Cemetery in Elmwood.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to South Side Mission. Online condolences may be made at www.remmertfuneralhome.com.