Clarence Fred “Butch” Duchac, age 77, of Antigo, went to meet his Lord on Jan. 12, 2021. Butch passed away peacefully in the comfort of his own home in Antigo surrounded by his loving wife of more than 50 years, children and family members.
Butch was born on June 2, 1943, to the late Clarence and Dorothy (Heckert) Duchac in Beloit. Butch was the oldest of 10 siblings and grew up on the family dairy farm in Antigo. The family relocated to Milwaukee when Butch was about 15 years old. He attended Milwaukee Boys Technical and Trade High School. In 1960, Butch, enlisted in the United States Army. Butch served as a combat engineer and endured through two tours of duty in Vietnam and Korea. Butch received an honorable discharg ein 1969 after nearly nine years of sacrifice to our nation. Butch left the Army as an E-6 staff sergeant and was awarded the Army Commendation and Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service and Vietnam Campaign medals.
Butch enjoyed a long career as a union mechanic and semi-truck driver for Barry Trucking in Milwaukee. Upon retirement, he returned to his childhood home in Antigo, where he was a school bus driver and enjoyed all of his relationships at Crestwood Elementary. Butch enjoyed hunting, fishing, making maple syrup and spending time with family at the Duchac farm.
Survivors include his loving wife, Suzanne, whom he married on Aug. 1, 1970; children, Jennifer Duchac, Clarence (Maria) Duchac III, Nicole (Jorge) Romero, Cheryl Duchac and Dawn (Jim) Selostok; grandchildren, Daniel, Rebecca, Suzanne, Gabriela, Clarence IV, Cameron, Alex and Chase; great-grandchildren, Liam and Anthony; siblings, Larry (Kathy) Duchac, Ronald (Sandy) Duchac, Gail (Jim) Dietzler, Suzan Murdock, Cindy (Ron) Hoff, Perry (Amy) Duchac, Jeff (Judy) Duchac, Martha Pontel and sister-in-law Sherry Duchac.
In addition to his parents, Clarence and Dorothy, Butch was preceded in death by his brother, Gerald Duchac; and brother-in-law, Pat Pontel, Jr.
A celebration of Butch’s life will be held at the Duchac farm on June 5, 2021.
Our family would like to thank Dr. Maria Delgado, Dr. Ubaid Nawaz and all of the caregivers at Aurora BayCare Medical Center and Vince Lombardi Cancer Center for six-plus years of amazing care, and his sister, Martha Pontel, and niece, Marie Dietzler, for their care during hospice.
Strasser-Roller Funeral Home is assisting the family. Friends may visit Strasserrollerfuneralhome.com with online condolences.