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Wes Butcher

February 27, 1955 — March 23, 2024


Wes Butcher

Richard "Wes” Butcher, 69, of Shelbyville, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2024, at Waldron Health and Rehab.

 He was born February 27, 1955, in Shelbyville, the son of Richard Dale and Mildred Fay (Phifer) Butcher.  On August 30, 1974, he married his wife of nearly 50 years, Patricia “Patty” Smith, and she survives.

 In addition to Patty, Wes is survived by his children, Amy Dillon and husband, Heath, of St. Paul, Lori Coffman and husband, Cliff, of Shelbyville, and Jeffrey Butcher and wife, Mandy, of Fairland; brother, Frank Butcher of Birmingham, Alabama; sister, Fay Swift of Shelbyville; grandchildren, Reagan, Katelynn and Haley; and several nieces and nephews.

 He was preceded in death by his parents.


In 1973, Wes graduated from Southwestern High School.  Shortly after graduating he married the love of his life, Patty, at their home where they were blessed to raise their three children. Wes devoted his life to caring for, supporting, and loving his family.  His family was his priority, and his greatest joy was spending time with them.  In more recent years, Wes spent a great deal of time attending his granddaughters's various events and being their biggest fan.  He connected with each of them individually and was so proud of them. 


Wes was identified by countless individuals as one of the kindest people they ever met.  It took mere seconds for Wes to become your friend and make you feel special.  He was the best kind of friend, and if you had the pleasure of meeting him, you would not forget his kind heart and the special way he made you feel.


 He was a very committed and loyal individual.  He supported his family by working at Sonoco Flexible Packaging for more than 40 years. 


Wes also loved working with his hands and helping out on the farm. His hobbies included woodworking and carpentry.  He had one of the most meticulously cared for lawn and gardens because he enjoyed mowing and being outdoors.


Wes leaves a wonderful legacy.  He made everyone a better person.  He stated throughout his life that it was his mission to treat everyone kindly and with respect.  He was masterful at doing this, and because he was, everyone loved him.  


Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm, Tuesday, March 26, 2024, at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville.

 Funeral services will be at 10 am, Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at the funeral home, with Mickey Pile officiating.
 Interment will be at Boggstown Cemetery in Shelby County.

 Memorial contributions may be made to  Cancer Association of Shelby County, PO Box 844, Shelbyville, Indiana 46176.


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