Winchester Press – obit – Hemmo Buter
Hemmo Buter, a resident of the Williamsburgarea for the past 51 years, passed away peacefully at his homeon Mon., March 31, 2008. He was 86.
Hemmo was born in Emmercompascuum, the Netherlands on May 31,1921 to Adries and Jantje Buter (nee Engelage), and was raisedthere along with his 11 brothers and sisters, four of whom diedin infancy.
He married Grietje Meems on Feb. 27, 1945 and together they hadfive children: Jane, Ralph, Martha, Andy, and Hank. In May of1957 the entire family emmigrated to Canada and settled in Williamsburg.Shortly after their sixth child, Ann, was born.
A carpenter by trade, Hemmo quickly built a reputation for qualityworkmanship and he was kept very busy building houses, barns,churches, etcetera. Along with George Brunsveld he started a businesscalled BB Construction. Eventually Hemmo’s son Ralph became apartner in the business, and the name was changed to Triple BStructures, which currently employs Ralph, Andy, Randy, and RyanButer, as well as several other local residents.
Hemmo was a faithful servant of God and this faith carried himthrough many difficult times in his life. He was a devoted husband,father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and he enjoyed theoccasions when he could gather with all of his family.
Hemmo and Grietje enjoyed travelling and throughout their lifetimethey visited Mexico, Canada, U.S.A., Europe, and Israel.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years Grietje Buter, his childrenJane (Hank) Luimes of RR4, Winchester, Ralph (Anna) of RR1, Morrisburg,Martha Lee of Rocky Mountain House, Alta., Andy (Diane) of Williamsburg,Hank (Pat) of Williamsburg, and Ann (Hans) Schroer of Kemptville,and by his sister Elly (Jacob) VanBeilen of the Netherlands, 16grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.He was predeceased by infant brothers Harm, Frans, and Jan, brothersLucas, Harm, and Gezienus, an infant sister Antje Buter, and sistersAntje Van Beilen, Geesje Buter, and Marchien Buter.
The funeral service was held at the Williamsburg Christian ReformedChurch on Thurs., April 3, followed by interment at New UnionCemetery in Williamsburg. The pallbearers were grandsons MarkLuimes, Randy Buter, Cory Lee, David Buter, Dennis Buter, andJason Buter.
Donations to Winchester District Memorial Hospital or CreationMinistries International would be appreciated by the family.