Butch Simac finished his work here on Earth on Sept. 24, 2020.

He spent his entire life doing his best to help others and achieve the goals he believed God had requested him to complete.

He set the bar very high for the nine children he committed to raising and was so very proud of the wonderful people they all have become. His heart was full of love for their children and he truly loved making Eagle River his lifelong home.

His passion for turning his little plot of vacant land into a horse and cattle ranch was achieved by his endless hours of hard work and big dreams! 

He loved so many great friends through the years who shared in his passion of bow and duck hunting. His favorite trips were to Alaska to fish with Vince and Amie and to North Dakota for duck hunting. He always looked forward to spring trips to Maui with best friends, Jim and Debbie.  

Many will remember his larger-than-life reputation on the ice as an Eagle River Falcon and he always made it a priority for the kids to play. He very much enjoyed going to his grandchildren’s hockey games and was very proud of their hard work and dedication to the game.

He recently was able to celebrate the homecoming of his oldest grandson, Joseph, from Afghanistan and was extremely proud of his ser­vice to the country he loved.  

He was preceded in death by his son, Jed; daughter, Meghan; his parents, Tom and Mary; and a sister, Marge.

His survivors are his wife, Kim; brothers, Gary (Kathy) Simac of Eagle River, and Bob Simac of Panama City Beach, Fla.; and sister, Patty Bradshaw (Pete) of Green Bay, Wis.; sons, Vince (Kathleen), James (Dara), Luke, Tom (Mandy), and Ted (Kayla) Maillette; daughters, Amie Simac Juliana (Brent) Martin, and Theresa (John) Radig; and 15 grandchildren, Morgan, Kate and Waylon Simac, Elija, Emerson and Emilie Radig, Jacob Martin, and Ryder, Joseph, Zachary, Micheal, Noah, Harrison, Taylor and Lexi Maillette.

Butch loved life and made the most of each and every day while he could. While we are certain he would have wanted to stay with all of us for so much longer, we find great solace in knowing that his faith was strong and that he is enjoying the company of his son, Jed, who was waiting for him to arrive home. 

Services were held. 

Arrangements by Gaff­ney-Busha Funeral Home, Eagle River.  Online condolences may be expressed at gaffney-busha.com.