November 9, 1922 - June 28, 2015


A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30am on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville for Wilfred J. "Willy" Butkofski, age 92, of Paynesville who passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at the Paynesville Hospital with his wife, Gen, of 67 years at his side. Reverend Glenn Krystosek will officiate. Placement of the Urn ceremony will take place at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls with full military honors.
Family and friends may call from 4:00pm until 7:00pm on Monday and after 9:30am on Tuesday all at the St. Louis Catholic Church in Paynesville. Arrangements are being provided by Daniel-Anderson Funeral Home in Paynesville.

Willy was born in Elrosa, MN on November 9, 1922 to James and Matilda (Wuertz) Butkofski. He served honorably in the United States Army in the European, African and Middle Eastern Theaters during WWII. He was awarded three Bronze Stars, A Good Conduct Medal, and a Purple Heart all of which were very important to him. He was so happy and proud to be given the opportunity to attend the "Honor Flight" to Wash, DC in 2000. He married Genevieve Flint on October 1, 1947 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Richmond, MN.

Willy had a career with the USPS ending in 1966 as Postmaster in Paynesville. After his retirement he involved himself in many volunteer activities for the community. He was a member of the K of C Council #3820, St. Louis Catholic Church, American Legion Post 271 and NAPUS, a postal organization.

Willy enjoyed ice fishing, bowling, woodworking, stamp and coin collecting.

He is survived by his wife, Gen; children Nancy (John) Frobenius of St. Cloud, Jim (Debi) Butkofski of Paynesville; grandchildren Kristin (Paul) Wetzel, Tricia (Brian) LaCanne, Justin Butkofski; 3 great-grandchildren, Jack and Ben Wetzel, Aubree LaCanne and extended family and friends.

Willy was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Florentine Butkofski.

Memorials are Preferred in Lieu of flowers.