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category: Obituary, date: 2006-07-27, by Avon SD
Gerald "Butch" Haenfler
Gerald 'Butch' Haenfler(Jun. 10, 1922 - Jul. 27, 2006)

Gerald "Butch" Haenfler, 84, of Avon died Thursday, July 27, 2006, at the Community Memorial Hospital in Wagner. Services were held Saturday, July 29, 2006, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Avon. Burial was in the church cemetery, rural Avon. Crosby-Jaeger Funeral Chapel in Avon was in charge of arrangements.

Gerald "Butch" Haenfler was born June 10, 1922, at Avon, the son of Adolf and Gertie (Genant) Haenfler. Butch graduated from Avon High School in 1940 and attended one year of college.

He married Laval Vesper on September 14, 1944, at Zion Lutheran Church in Avon.

Butch worked as a clerk at F. Weidenbach Grocery, as a truck driver for Steckler Trucking and delivered fuel for Louis Dykstra. Butch farmed from 1944 until 1995.

Butch entered the Wagner Good Samaritan Center in December of 2004.

Butch was baptized at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Avon on August 6, 1922. He has been a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Avon since 1944. Butch served as an usher, financial secretary and cemetery superintendent of the church. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Avon Farmers Elevator, the Reub School Board and was the Avon senior citizen fan of the year in 2002-2003.

Butch will be remembered for his enjoyment of bowling, pinochle, sports, music, going for walks and helping his neighbors.

He is survived by his wife, Laval, of Avon; son, Duane (Carolyn) Haenfler, of Hot Springs; daughter, Cynthia Haenfler, of Sioux Falls; two grandchildren: Ross Haenfler, of Oxford, MS; Brad Haenfler, Rapid City; three step granddaughters: Shawn (Morey) Trupe, Rapid City; Stacy (Joe) Hazelton, Havre, MT; Kelly Butler, Rapid City; nine step great grandchildren; three brothers: Edward (Pauline) Haenfler, Grant, NE; Albert (Thelma) Haenfler, Satsuma, FL; Roy (Shirley) Haenfler, Scottsdale, AZ; two sisters: Janna Sattler, Avon; Marie Connors, Alhambra, CA; and many nieces and nephews.

Butch was preceded in death two infant daughters: Cheryl and Carol; parents; and four brothers: Robert, Adolph "Fritz", Joseph and Lee.

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