Andrew "Andy" Robert Butz, 47, formerly of Minot, died unexpectedly Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, while on a father-son retreat near Holland, Mich. He collapsed on his way back to his cabin after participating in a broom hockey tournament which his team won. Resuscitation efforts totally failed. The cause of death has not been determined, pending the results of an autopsy.
Andy was born to Allen and Nada Butz and was raised in Minot. He attended Bel Air, Jim Hill and Magic City High schools, graduating from Magic City in 1984. He graduated from North Dakota State University in 1990 with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. He was baptized and confirmed in Zion Lutheran Church. From Pee Wee hockey in Minot, he joined a men's league in Holland, Mich.
While employed with the Boeing Company in Seattle, Wash., he met his wife-to-be, Heidi, at their church, and they were married in Washington. He later went to work for Johnson Controls Inc. in Holland. He was with the company for 19 years and at the time of his death, was director of sales for automobile door panel products. Three children were born to Andy and Heidi: Cassidy, 19, Carson, 16, and Dillon, 13. He was a member of and very active in the Harbor Reformed Baptist Church in Holland.
Preceding the memorial service held at a larger church, burial took place in Pilgrim Home Cemetery in Holland.
Survivors include: his wife, Heidi, of 21 married years; children, Cassidy, Carson and Dillon; his parents, Allen and Nada Butz, Minot; brothers, David, Sierra Vista, Ariz., Thomas (Julia), of Zimmerman, Minn.; a sister, Cheryl (Garvin) Osteroos, Divide, Colo.; mother-in-law, Debbie Quire, of Everett, Wash.; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Jeffrey, in infancy; his maternal grandparents, George Osdoba and Carrie (Sween) Osdoba Dewitt; his paternal grandparents, Agnes and Vernon Butz; and stepfather-in-law, Cecil Quire.
Our dear Andy: You did fight the good fight, finish the race, and kept the faith. Good job!