Richard "Butch" Magnan

Hale, Michigan
October 17, 1939 - August 12, 2014


A memorial gathering will be held from 4-8 P.M., Friday, August 15, 2014 at the Simpson-Modetz Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, 5630 Pontiac Lake Road, in Waterford.

Service Location

Simpson-Modetz Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, 5630 Pontiac Lake Road, in Waterford.


Interment will take place at a later date at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan.

Obituary Notice

Richard “Butch” Magnan, 74 years old of Hale, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, August 12 2014.  He was born in Little Falls, MN. on October 17, 1939 to Albert and Elizabeth Magnan.  He graduated St. Michaels High School in Pontiac, MI. in 1958.  He served in the United States Air Force from 1958-1962 as an Aircraft Mechanic which included service in Evreux, France.  He worked many years for GM in the Pontiac Motor Division from 1962 until his retirement in 1992.  He married his wife of 49 years, Catherine “Kitty” (nee Carry) at St. Benedicts Church in Waterford, MI. on September 4, 1965.  Butch and Kitty relocated to Long Lake, MI., in 1999.

Richard is survived by his wife Catherine; children, A.J. (Carrie) Magnan of Canandaigua, NY., Monica Magnan of Grand Blanc, MI., Robert (Dawn) Magnan of Linden, MI., Marc (Patsey) Magnan of Waterford, MI.; grandchildren, Josh, Jordan, Megan, Jayson, Jessica, John, Morgan, Amanda, Thomas and Conor; brothers, Wayne (Audrey) Magnan of Hale, MI., Michael (JoAnne) Magnan of Land O Lakes, FL., John (Debra) Magnan of Ypsilanti, MI.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Arrangements were made by the Hale Chapel of the Buresh Funeral Home, 121 S. Washington Street.


Great Lakes National Cemetery


We are so so so sad to hear of our sweet Butchie Boy's passing. We have wonderful memories that we will cherish always. We miss him so much. God's blessings to all of you & we love you all. Hugs Kitty.
— Robert & Sandy Tallian
So sad to hear about this. I know Butch and my Dad are leaning on the fence together now and yelling at drivers to "SLOW DOWN". Blessings to the entire Magnan family.
— Mike Lane
We were deeply saddened to hear of Butch's passing, he will be terribly missed. Our love to Kitty and the entire family.
— Harry & Betsy Durbin
Mere words can't express the depth of our feelings for the loss of Butchie. He was a great friend. May he rest in peace.
— John Lesich
We will miss Butch very much, he was a great guy and will keep all our memories of him close to our heart........our prayers are with you Kitty and your family ....we are here for you anytime....hugs
— Don & Chris Springsteen
we love you Kitty! and we loved Butchie! I will never look at a Bush Lite can that I dont have a smile thinking of him! : ) He was the best! a smile a laugh a kind word, just a fun guy! Our hearts are heavy too. Thank Goodness you have your family and friends who love you! Hang in there my friend! we are here for you!xo
— Carole and Steve Wilson
I will miss you "Mallard". Thanks for all the great memories growing up with my "bestie" Monica.

The Duck
— Joanie Lindley
My thoughts and prayers are with you during the coming days. May the. Lord bless and comfort you
With his love and peace.
— Pat Baker,j
I am so saddened by Butch's passing. My love and prayers go out to the whole family. May you all find comfort and peace in memories spent together...Hugs Kitty..
— Cathy Baker
Prayers for your family's comfort and peace. May the days ahead bring you together to celebrate the man who you loved so much.
— Jim and Sheryl Szafran
Kitty, we know the pain you feel today! Don and I send our love, prayers and hugs! We will never forget Butchies wonderful smile and his love for you!
— Don and Sue Schwarck
Sadened by the news of the passing of such a beautiful soul...a very kind/loving man...that will be missed by all that knew
— Dodie Moultrup
Kitty and family,
Butch will be truly missed by everyone that knew him. Thinking of you during this sad time.
— Gary & Carol McCracken
My heart breaks for the family's lost of wonderful Butch. Kitty, I'm so so sorry for the pain you are feeling and I wish that there was something I could do to take the pain away even for a minute.
Love to you and the family,
Carol Parker
— Carol Parker
Kitty and family, sending you my thoughts, prayer and love at this most difficult time. Butch was loved by so many. Cherish your amazing memories.
Love Brenda
— Brenda Durkin
Kitty, we are so sorry to hear of Butch passing. Will miss seeing him in the garage when passing bye. Prayers to you and your family.
— Glen and Rose Bargo
Miss you Butch! What a great guy, always willing to lend a helping hand. Will remember you as a loving husband, father and our first and only male beverage b.... at Sunnybreeze! Remember, "free beer tomorrow!
— William & Kathy Baker
Kitty, our hearts are breaking as I know yours & the family are as well. We will pray that you and your family will be comforted in these trying times. God bless you all.
I am sure that they will be playing Z Z Tops "She got legs" up there for Butch just like we used to play it over & over again and again on the jukebox @ the Eagles club over a few cold ones. B.J.
— B.J.& Scooter Martin
Prayers for Kitty and the entire family. Butch was a great guy . . . always a smile and greeting for everyone! We will all miss him! John and Kathi
— Kathi and John Andros
I am so sorry. Words cannot express the sadness I feel in my heart. Kitty, you and the kids are in my prayers.
— Terri Knake
We've lost a real gentle man who has left us with wonderful, warm, and funny memories and a vision of that famous smile. So very sorry for you, Kitty and your entire handsome & loving family. Love & prayers to you. Cel & Dave
— Cel yarber
Kitty, Our hearts are heavy hearing the news of Butch's passing. He was such a fun, kind, loving soul who always greeted everyone with a smile. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. May God give you comfort & peace. Love & Hugs.
— Bob & Marlo Joss
I am so sorry for your loss Kitty. Hugs and prayers for you and your family.
— Deb Gilman
Kitty, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. So sad. Butch will be missed. He always had a smile for everyone. Hugs.
— Linda and Gabe Lopez
Ihave grown to love you and Butch so much these past few years of knowing you both... You have been my rock in my weakest moments... My thoughts and prayers are with you all... I pray for strength and healing for you and your family...
All my love, Sher
— Sheri Borha
Kitty, we are so very sorry & heartbroken for you & your family's loss. Butch was one of a kind & will be missed by all. Wish we were there, but since we're not please consider yourself hugged. We love you all, Nancy & Bob Frazier
— Nancy & Bob Frazier
Our hearts are heavy. We will always remember our last visit in Florida. Know that you are loved.
— Larry & Marge McNeil

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Butch was one of my all-time favorite employees & was always serving with a smile. His integrity was exemplary and loyalty was admired.
— Brooke Cooley
Kitty our prayers are with you and your family at this time.
— Karen & Spence Chinavare
My condolences to the Magnan family. I have many great memories of Butch, especially the many years he was such a strong supporter of Lakes. Butch, you will be missed.

Harry Miller
— Harison E. Miller
So sorry to hear about the passing of Butch. He was a wonderful neighbor to our parents. He always had a smile and a wave for us! He will be missed by many. Prayers for Kitty and the rest of the family.
— Gerry & Violet Couture
Kitty and family, So saddened to hear of your loss. Will remember Butch's smile and the twinkle in his eye always. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
— John & Sonja Maloney
I was so shocked and sad to hear of Butch's passing. Having seen him and Kitty a few months ago he looked so great, as did Kitty. Just shows us all we never know, hold your family and friends tight and let them know you love them everyday. Butch was so good to my nephew Ian as Ian loved to hang with Butch and BJ( his Grandpa) when up north. Kitty, my heart is heavy for you and your family and I pray for you during this difficult time. You have so many fond memories to reflect on as we all do and hope this will help ease your pain. Love Lori
— Lori Holland
Kitty, Wayne and Audrey, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Wishing you peace and strength. We are so very sorry.
— Jim and Ruth LaBerge
Kitty and family we are so sorry for the passing of Butchie. Didn't know him real well but he always made us feel welcome. Great smile. Prayers Kitty to you and your family.
— Gary & Karen Goodenough
Kitty, so sorry about Butchie. He will be truly missed, our prayers go out to you and your family. Hugs to you Kitty and your family.The "Toolie Bushers" will truly miss him as the rest of us.
— John & Sharon Bartle
KITTY, so sorry to hear about BUTCH, he will be truly missed, love u guys, will surley miss him at eagles, i think the world of u both, i was so very shocked by his passing, god bless u and family, you are all in my prayers, much love kitty.
— larry, kathy fischer

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