It's difficult to sum up the life of an amazing, nearly 90-year-old man in just a few paragraphs. Especially for Michael R Buttros. The 89-year-old was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. He passed away on February 1st, 2020 after a long battle with leukemia and non-hodgkin's lymphoma.
When you ask others about Mike, or Pop Mike, the first thing that comes to many of their minds is "generous". He was generous with everything he had. That life of generosity started when he was young and joined the military. He was born in Newark, New Jersey and decided to serve with the US Army. He served for 4 years in the Korean War as a military police officer. He was stationed in Germany. After his service, he came back to his hometown and worked for Mrs. Mac’s Baking Company as a foreman for many years. He later moved on and became an owner operator of two Shell Gasoline Stations. In the late 70’s he moved to Clearwater Fl and bought another gas station. He retired in 1986 and moved to Niceville, Fl
Throughout his life, his sons remember some of their best times with him on fishing trips where he would belt out Beatles songs. His grandchildren remember the crooner, the same. Except during their time, it was Stevie Wonder's "I just called" that he would often sing to them.
Mike was loved by many people. He never met a stranger. He was great husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He had a great spirit. He always gave of himself to everyone. He thought more about others than himself. He was our best friend.
Mike was preceded in death by his wife Claire, his parents, Michael and Amelia, and brother, Peter Buttros and stepson Ronald J McKenna.
He leaves behind his two children, Michael (Margo) Buttros and James Buttros. Grandchildren, Michael Buttros, Kristen Buttros, and James Buttros. Great grandchildren, Aaliyah Buttros, Alesha Buttros and Emma Buttros. He is survived by his brothers and sisters, Joseph, Paul and Mae and sister-n-law Jeanne Wood. He will also be missed by his very long time friend and mother to his children, Helen Buttros.
He is also survived by his stepson, Dennis McKenna (Dede) and stepdaughter Janet Leavenworth (Cliff) Grandchildren, Caitlin Thakral , Kelly McKenna, Christina Brunet Sabastia , Christopher Leavenworth. Great grandchildren, Sara Thakral , Alexander Thakral, Mira Hogan , James Leavenworth, and Mckenna Brunet Sabastia.
He also leaves behind his best friend, Buddy Buttros ( his Maltese ) who misses him deeply.
Mike will be sadly missed by his caregivers, Amanda Dean, Ann Seaton and Tracy Wiggins . These ladies have been true angels. We thank you for your care, love and support.
A graveside service is planned at 10:30 am Friday, February 7, 2020 at Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Fl. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to St Judes Children’s Research Hospital, in memory of Michael R Buttros. http://giftfunds.stjude.org/M-
Cremation arrangements are under the care of McLaughlin Twin Cities Funeral Home. Expressions of love and sympathy may be placed and viewed on line at www.mclaughlintwincities.com
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