Billy Gene Butikofer

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Billy Gene Butikofer, 77, of Elkader, Iowa, passed away Sunday, Sept. 30, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader. 

He was born Dec. 31, 1940, in Elkader, to Walter and Lydia (Dennler) Butikofer. Bill was confirmed at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Elgin. He graduated from Elkader High School with the Class of 1958. He served in the United States Army in Germany. He was united in marriage to Marcia C. Metzger on Oct. 10, 1964. Three children were born to this union.

Bill was a devoted farmer, milking dairy cows until the fall of 2001. During his early years, he enjoyed being a member of 4-H and FFA. For a time, he worked at Walch Ford, then Bill and brother Norbert operated the Sinclair gas station, both in Elkader. Bill was a loyal member of Bethany Church, American Legion and the Farm Bureau.

Survivors include his children, Terry Butikofer, of Elkader, Wayne Butikofer, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Jill (Vince) Priebe, of Prairie du Chien; one step-grandchild, Lisa Ramirez, of Coralville, Iowa; brothers, Norbert (Janet) Butikofer, of Elkader, Melbert (Jean) Butikofer, of St. Olaf, Iowa; brother-in-law Harlan Backhaus, of Garnavillo, Iowa; nieces, nephews and numerous friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marcia, on May 17, 2013, and one sister, Zita Backhaus.

Visitation was held Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, in Elkader. Memorial services with military honors were held Monday, Oct. 8, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Elkader, with Rev. Susan Friedrich officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

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