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Wednesday, May 4, 2022
5:00 - 6:00pm (Eastern time)
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Starts at 6:00pm (Eastern time)
Louis Arlington Butzin II was welcomed into our world on March 12, 1948. Heaven received him back and into Christ’s loving arms on April 28, 2022. Born the youngest of three children, to Louis and Wanda (Marszalek) Butzin, Louie quickly became his mother’s pet and his father’s challenge.
Mischief aside, Louie had an extremely tender heart and a deep and unconditional love for his family; it was that love, that would be the driving force behind him becoming the sole caregiver for his mother when his father passed away. She would survive countless surgeries, and live long past what was expected, due in large part to the loving care she received from her youngest son.
One of Louie’s proudest moments came in 1973 when he became a father to his daughter, Jodi. Later, when his marriage ended, Louie set his personal life aside once again, and devoted the next several years to raising his young daughter.
In his lifetime, Louie held the titles of Husband, son, and son in law, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law uncle and friend. Each held a special place in Louie’s heart and was met with all the love that the title implied.
As a young man, Louie was truly fearless. More often than not, he could be found, (among other things), drag racing, skydiving, bungee jumping, or riding the tallest rollercoaster. Louie was an avid sportsman. He had a passion for NASCAR, motorcycles (especially Harleys), fishing, boating, and hunting.
One of Louie’s greatest joys was sharing and teaching his knowledge of the outdoors with his two oldest grandsons, Nick and Alex. When his oldest grandson, Nick, harvested his first deer, it was hard to tell who was more excited, Nick or Louie. Though life afforded Louie less time for creating memories with his younger grandchildren, Emmet and Eloise, and great-grandchildren, Lilith, Remy and Soren, each one of them held a special place in Louie’s heart and gave him a heartful of love to take with him when he left this world.
Louie’s passion for hunting was at least equal to his passion for fishing, which he did whenever he had the opportunity, winning him a master angler’s award for a 16-3/4 inch perch.
A bachelor for most of his life, Louie found true and lasting love in 1997 when, following a two-month whirlwind courtship, he married Jeanne Metevia, and gained a son, Michael. Louie and Jeanne shared nearly 25 years together. They were each other’s rock, soul mate and best friend.
Louie had a stubborn side when he thought he was right about something. He was a staunch Democrat and he loved to argue (debate) politics. He was also one of the sweetest, most thoughtful and tenderhearted people you could ever know. Louie’s rich humor, compassionate nature, and generous spirit, along with his normally laid back and easygoing nature, were the qualities that endeared him to both family and friends and won Jeanne’s heart.
Louie was employed by Eaton Corporation, where he served the last several years of his employment as a committeeman and union Vice President. Louie retired in 1998 after thirty-one years of service due to complications with his heart.
Louie also served as a cook in the US Army Reserve.
Louie was not a formal member of any church, however, his love for God was both solid and evident in his love of nature, his selfless nature and the abundance of love that filled his heart toward his family and friends.
Left to grief their loss and celebrate a life that touched so many are: wife, Jeanne, children, Jodi (Jesse) Kish and Michael (Emlee) Metevia, grandchildren, Nick Butzin, Kaitlyn (Josh) Vinova, Jesse (Ben) Blackstone, and Emmet and Eloise Metevia, Great-grandchildren, Lilith Butzin, Remy Butzin, and Soren Vinova, brother, Mike Butzin, sister, Kay Giacoletti, mother-in-law, Babe Metevia, brother-in-law, Bob (Emily) Metevia and best friends, George Kross and George Kipfmiller.
Louie suffered terribly over the past few years of his life, but today, praise God, he is rejoicing with Jesus and flying with angels. With his love for adventure, it won’t be long before he’s also searching for the best fishing hole in Heaven to fish from, the highest star to swing from; the most vibrant rainbow to splash through; and the best window in Heaven’s floor to watch over the loved ones he left behind. Waiting to greet Louie in Heaven were his parents, Louie and Wanda Butzin, grandson, Alex Butzin, step-son, Scott Gauld, father-in-law, Bob Metevia and his dog, Bart,
Louie’s family would like to thank Dylan and Beth, the ICU nurses at St. Mary’s Hospital and the staff from Careline Hospice for their compassionate care and support.
In accordance with Louie’s wishes, an anatomical donation has taken place. A Prayer Service and Time of Sharing will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at W. L. Case and Company Funeral Chapel, 5700 Dixie Highway, Saginaw, Michigan 48601. Chaplain Bob Metevia will officiate. Friends may visit with the family from 5:00 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral chapel. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to American Heart Association.