Perle Eldon “Butch” Avery Jr. of Houston, Texas, formerly of Bourbon, was born Thursday, August 1, 1946 at St. Louis, Missouri to Perle E. and Virginia Mildred (nee Harmon) Avery and passed away on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at the age of 73 years.
Butch, as he was known by, married Carol Faye Wells on April 22, 1967 at Cantwell, Missouri.
Butch worked as a diesel mechanic for 40 years. During his career he worked for Brown Shoe in St. Louis, Missouri, Willette Truck Service in Sullivan, Missouri, Rolla Equipment and Wonder Bread in St. Clair, Missouri.
Butch bowled for 68 years and his all-time high score was 234. He spent hours doing work and taking care of his garden every spring and summer. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, wood working and auto mechanics.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Perle and Virginia Avery; wife, Carol Avery; one daughter, Tracy Weber; three sisters, Linda Collier, Fern Bryant and infant Rosemary Avery; three step sisters, Shirley and husband Tartan Collier, Penny Hogan, Dorma Lee Morrison; and step brother, Jr. Hogan.
He is survived by his children, Mark Avery of Bourbon, Missouri and Billie and husband John Schuler of Houston, Texas; six grandchildren, Nicholas “Nick” and wife Tara Weber of Cuba, Missouri, Ben Weber of Cuba, Missouri, Ashley and husband Nick Mesger of Sullivan, Missouri, Danielle Schuler of Houston, Texas, Kerri Schuler of Houston, Texas and Mikayla Avery of Cuba, Missouri; great grandchildren, Jadelyn Weber, Hunter Weber, Gunner Weber, Chandler Weber, Christian Weber, Meredith Weber; one sister, Claudia Dildine of St. Clair, Missouri; one brother, Gene and wife Linda Avery of Leasburg, Missouri; half brother, Michael and wife Jeannie Hogan of Little Rock, Arkansas; step brother, Terry and wife Vicky Hogan of Boss, Missouri; brothers-in-law, Jerry Bryant of Steelville, Missouri, Harry and wife Debbie Wells of South County, Missouri, Betty and husband Charles Speers of Bear, Delaware and Lonnie Morrison of Cuba, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, December 9, 2019 at the Mizell Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri.
Funeral service was held at 4 p.m. on Monday, December 9, 2019 with Pastor Alan Miles officiating. Special recorded music was “Amazing Grace” and “Go Rest High on that Mountain.”
In keeping with Butch’s wishes, he was cremated following the funeral service and his ashes will be interred on Friday, December 13, 2019 at the Meramec Hills Cemetery in Cuba, Missouri.
Arrangements under the direction of the Mizell Funeral Home of Cuba, Missouri.
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