Thomas "Butch" Fredrick Emberton

Friday, December 2nd, 1938 - Sunday, April 26th, 2020
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Thomas Fredrick “Butch” Emberton, 81, Gardner, Kansas passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at Olathe Medical Center. A private family graveside service will be Friday, May 1, 2020 at Gardner Cemetery, Gardner, Kansas. Memorial contributions may be made to American Diabetes Association, 7285 W. 132nd Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66213. Condolences may be left at Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, 106 S. Center, Gardner, Kansas 66030 (913) 856-7111.

Thomas was born on December 2, 1938 in Durango, Colorado to Thomas Wilford and Lottie (Sipes) Emberton. His family moved to Gardner when Butch was five years old. He grew up in Gardner and graduated from Gardner High School in 1958. He served in the United States Army. Butch worked at Forbes Grocery as a butcher for a time and then the City of Gardner as a foreman with the street department for over 30 years. He married Janie D. Winn on January 1974 in Gardner, Kansas. Butch was an avid hunter and fisherman and he loved traveling with his friends Skip and Mary Herbert. He enjoyed tinkering in his yard and garage. Butch and Janie played for softball on the city team known as “Mash” .

Butch was preceded in death by his parents; sister Deloris Kurtz and half sister Betty Ellen Ford. He is survived by his wife Janie of the home; children: Darren E. Stevens, Ingleside, Texas, Jim Wesley Stevens and wife Donnalee, Edgerton, Kansas, Matt Wayne Stevens, Gardner, Kansas, Wendy Byrne, Kansas City, Kansas and Thomas Michael “Mike” Emberton, Gardner, Kansas; sister Doris Blackwell, Gardner, Kansas and brother Glen Michael “ Mike” Emberton, Greers Ferry, Arkansas; six grandchildren: Brendan, McKenizie, Ricky, Levi, Levi and Mathew and seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
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    Gardner Cemetery
    300 South Poplar Street
    GARDNER, KS 66030
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    Private family Graveside May 1, 2020


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Gwen Scott

Posted at 02:08pm
Janie and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I just today saw that Butch had passed. I knew him from his grocery store days through his time of service to the city. Lots of memories. He always had a smile and a way of brightening your day. My thoughts are with you.

Arnold "Arnie" Johnson

Posted at 11:17am
So sorry to hear of the death of Butch Emberton! We were classmates through the Gardner Grade and High School system and graduated together in 1958. May he rest in peace, and may his family be blessed! Arnold Johnson, New Hampshire

Donald & Shelby Roberts

Posted at 05:58pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Jody Demaline

Posted at 02:33pm
Janie and family,
I am very sorry for your loss.
Fred was terrific boss and a good friend to me. His examples are still being followed at the city today. Fred didn't seem to mind that his influences went unnoticed and without praise. He was an example of strength and leadership in our community!
He could be counted on to tell a story that would brighten everyone's day. Usually something that one of the boys did.... :)

I am grateful to have known and learned from him. Jody Demaline

Denise Winn

Posted at 04:53pm
Janie, May God please comfort you and the family. Have faith that Butch is now beginning his eternal life with Christ, free of any earthly pain. May time soothe your soul by bringing peace within. You are all in our hearts, thoughts and prayers! Much love to all.
Kent and Denise Winn

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