Brian A. Butterfuss, 47 and 10 years, of Tomah died unexpectedly at his home Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.
He was born March 28, 1960, to Leonard L. and Betty Butterfuss (Taylor) in Tomah. He was a member of the Tomah High School Graduating Class of 1978. On July 8, 1988, Brian was united in marriage to Suzanne Maxey in Tomah. Brian was a milkman, meaning his beautiful wife, Sue, literally had babies with the milkman. When Brian wasn’t carrying out the long-run family business hauling Grade A, rBST-free white gold (i.e. milk), he was out finding cheap treasure from salvage shops and “mantique” stores to bring home and somehow incorporate around the family farm he loved so much, where he was born, raised, and continued to live. His farm was his pride, and he was continuously imbuing it with his typical “Brianizing” eccentricity, working until dark to build his lawn sculptures and other eclectica to satisfy his sense of humor. The sense of humor he carried throughout his life was apparent to all who knew him, and he taught his wife and two sons to never take anything too seriously (as should be apparent in this obituary). He loved his family, and he also loved his motorcycles. He loved motorcycles so much that he tried to teach his lovely wife to ride with him (unsuccessfully, she tipped over at a stop sign, and that was the end of the lessons, but at least he tried). On his days off, he loved to take off on his bike, only to return home to Sue (AKA, his “Suze”). You could hear him from a mile away. As a side note, in his free time he also enjoyed walking around with his best friend, George the Newfoundland, looking for his reading glasses (they were always on top of his head). During the summer, he sometimes rode his motorcycle to tractor pulls, showing off his Wisconsin-born spirit. When his boys were young, they’d go along with him. In accordance with Wisconsin tradition, he’d always buy them cheese curds for the ride home.
We are grateful to know that he lived to see what he wanted to see, the two sons he raised with Sue grown up and contributing something worthwhile to the world. We can only look back and smile when we think of the decades of memories he brought us and the ways he contributed to who we are. Although he won’t get to see everything that is to come, he lives on in how his wife and sons will continue to carry themselves in this world, with a sense of humor, a strong work ethic, and respect for all who cross our paths.
He is survived by wife, Suzanne “Sue” of Tomah; his sons, Josh (fiancé Kelsey Gnewikow) of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Reese of Minneapolis, Minn.; his siblings, Kathy (Kurt) Westpfahl, Bruce Butterfuss, Kurt (Laura Hobson) Butterfuss, Karyl (Chris) Utke; his stepmother, Ruby Butterfuss; his stepsiblings, Ann (Kenneth) Franks, Karen (Ray) Snowberry, Jean (Jim) Korthals, Carolyn (Don) Mautino, Sue (Dwight) Von Haden, Bill (Kathy) Kobleska, and Denis (Ray) Berent. He is further survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Betty.
A memorial visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, 801 E. Monowau St., Tomah.
Online condolences may be given at www.sonnenburgfamilyfh.com.