Max Butcher


Max L. Butcher, 91, Flat Rock, died at 9 p.m. on Monday, July 27, 2020. He was born October 3, 1928, outside of Flat Rock, the son of Earl and Lulu Edith (Rich) Butcher, both of whom preceded him in death. He married his childhood sweetheart, Dorothy Purcell, on June 28, 1947, and they were married for 67 years before she preceded him in death on April 10, 2015. He was also preceded in death by his son, Brice Butcher; by his son-in-law, Gary McKee; and by his brothers, Forrest Butcher and Norman Dean Butcher.
He is survived by his children, Sherry McKee (Mt. Prospect), Greg and Beth Butcher (Ft. Pierce, Fla.), Tina and Danny Dennis (rural Robinson), and by his daughter-in-law, Lori Butcher (rural Flat Rock). He is also survived by his seven grandchildren; his 12 great-grandchildren; by his sister, Norma “Sis” Wesley; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Max grew up in the Flat Rock area and was a 1946 graduate of Robinson Township High School. He worked a number of jobs through the years as a member of Pipefitters Local #136, with whom he was a member for over 70 years. He was also a 66-year member of the Flat Rock Masonic Lodge #348, as well as a lifelong member of South Union Church. Here, he held many offices over the course of his life, including that of trustee.
A time of visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, July 31 at South Union Church (rural Flat Rock). Please note that COVID-19 guidelines will be observed. Social distancing measures will be in place, and it is requested that all attendees wear face coverings.
A masonic service will immediately follow and will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, with the Flat Rock Masonic Lodge #348 conducting the service.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 1 at the church with Pastor Eric Hankins officiating. Burial will be in the Tohill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to “South Union Church” or to “Good Samaritan Hospice,” with envelopes available at the church. The Goodwine Funeral Home in Flat Rock is in charge of arrangements. For more information, or to share a memory or condolence online, please visit