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Arthur Butcher

July 9, 1948-May 3, 2012

Arthur G. Butcher Jr., 63, of Ponsford, died Thursday, May 3, 2012 at the Mahnomen Health Center in Mahnomen.

A private family funeral service will be held, with interment in Calvary Cemetery, White Earth.

Arthur George Butcher Jr. was born to Arthur and Susan (Ahbedaush) Butcher Sr., on July 9, 1948 in White Earth. He was raised and educated in Ponsford, graduating from Park Rapids High School in 1966.

He attended Haskell Institute for a year and then the University of Minnesota for a year. Arthur then taught at the Little Red School House in the Twin Cities, at South High in Minneapolis and at the Pine Point School in Ponsford. He later worked for the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen and as a security guard at the White Earth Clinic.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, flute carving, ricing, bike riding, woodworking and hitch hiking to powwow's in the five state area.

Survivors include his mother, Susan Butcher of Mahnomen; two brothers, LaVerne Butcher of Minneapolis and Thomas (Lisa Thompson) Butcher of Frazee; sister, Eileen Butcher of Frazee; a half-sister, Rose, of Minneapolis; as well as stepchildren, Jonah Perrigo of Pennsylvania, Arthur Stallman of Bovey, Minn., and Sarah Adams of Ogema.

Preceding him in death were his father; brothers, Eldred and Walter; and sisters, Edith and Esther.

David-Donehower Funeral Home of Detroit Lakes is serving the family.