April 11, 1949 - October 13, 2021
Emerson “Butch” Guenther, 72, of Parrish, FL, formerly of East Peoria, passed away at his home on October 13th, 2021, after a brief battle with cancer. He was born on April 11, 1949, in Peoria, IL to Emerson, Sr. and Margaret (Slusher) Guenther. He married his high school sweetheart, Jeri Frazelle, on August 24, 1968, in East Peoria; she survives. Also surviving are his two sons, Eric (Michelle) Guenther of Washington and Shawn (Abby) Guenther of Dalton City; four grandchildren Ryan, Emma, Makenna, and Peyton Guenther; and his two sisters, Janine (Jeff) Shields of Glen Carbon and Gayle (Danny) Pugh of Quinlin, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Donnie. Butch graduated from EPCHS Class of 1967. He started with Caterpillar in their Apprentice Program, became foreman, then general foreman and by the end of his career was traveling the world in marketing for the Mining Equipment Division. He was a devoted employee for 35 years, which came second only to the dedication he had to his family. Butch and Jeri were happily married for 53 years. His boys were his pride and joy. He loved coaching and watching them and his grandchildren in their activities. He also enjoyed golf and horses. He bred and showed horses, and even learned how to craft leather to make saddles. His horse Dixie held a special place in his heart. When it came time to move, he couldn’t bring himself to sell her. So, instead, he gave her to a young girl in town who cared for her and continued to show her, which gave him great happiness. The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 6, 2021, from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM at Gary Deiters Funeral Home & Cremation Services in East Peoria, followed by a Memorial Service, officiated by Pastor Bob Malone, at 12:00PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice in Sarasota, FL. Online condolences may be left at www.GaryDeitersFH.com.
Emerson “Butch” Guenther, 72, of Parrish, FL, formerly of East Peoria, passed away at his home on October 13th, 2021, after a brief battle with cancer. He was born on April 11, 1949, in Peoria, IL to Emerson, Sr. and Margaret (Slusher)... View Obituary & Service Information
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