Harold “Butch” Carlyle

Harold “Butch” Carlyle

Harold ‘Butch’ Carlyle of Plainwell, Michigan surrendered to his battles with his physical wellbeing and pain by ending his life on Thursday, August 23, 2012 in Plainwell. Butch was born on August 25, 1945 in Plainwell to Harold and Ruth Carlyle. Butch was a past member and Deacon of the First Presbyterian Church in Kalamazoo and was currently faithfully worshipping at the Otsego United Methodist Church. He enjoyed spending time at Mullett Lake with his family, boating, water skiing and relaxing on the dock. He also enjoyed golf, downhill skiing, roofing and building. His father started Carlyle Roofing Company, Inc. in the 1940’s. Butch took over the business right out of college in 1967. As his health declined, Butch transitioned responsibility of the company to his son George, making it a 3rd generation company. Butch dedicated his life to his family and to the family business. On August 10, 1968 he married Anne Clark in Ashland, OH.

Survivors include his loving and supportive wife Anne; their daughter and son-in-law Catherine and Joe Gibson of Plainwell and their children, Ben, Rebecca and Sam; son and daughter-in-law George and Kelly Carlyle of Kalamazoo and their children Andrew and Grace; and brother and sister-in-law John and Nancy Carlyle of Spring Lake. He was preceded in death by his parents.

His family would like to thank the medical professionals, clergy and friends for their support and compassion, especially Dee Skislak and Marv Shook who have been a tremendous help over the last year.

Friends may meet with his family from 2-4 & 6-8 P.M. Monday August 27, 2012 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Funeral services will be held at 11 A.M. Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at the Otsego United Methodist Church with Pastors Joe Shaler and Dan Minor officiating. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery, Plainwell.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Faith and Hope column in the Shoppers Guide C/O Otsego United Methodist Church at 223 E. Allegan St., Otsego, MI 49078, Mary Free Bed or to Wounded Warriors.

For more information and to leave a message of condolence for his family visit www.WinkelFuneralHome.com

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  1. Jerry and Judy (Flegal) Shumaker says:

    To Anne and Family. Please know that you all are in our thoughts. We are so very sorry for your loss of Butch. Please know that friends are thinking of you and sending our most sincere sympathy. May precious memories help you through your grief. Had not seen Butch in many years but do remember what a great guy he was. Please take care.

  2. Jane Pearson says:

    To Anne and Catherine, Joe, Ben, Rebecca and Sam: I am so sorry to read this about your beloved husband, father and grandfather. I know he will be sorely missed. Dave and I send our sincere sympathy and love to all of you in this devastating loss. It was so evident how much he loved all of you. We will be praying for you in the days ahead.

  3. Jim & Alexis Gibson says:

    To Anne & Family – You are all in our thoughts and prayers and wish we could be there to give you a hug and kiss. Butch is at peace now without any pain and suffering. All our love to all of you.

  4. Jodi Elkins says:

    To the Carlyle family, My thoughts and prayer are with you all in this time of need sending prayers for peace and comfort.

  5. David Mckee says:

    George Anne and Family, we are so so sorry for your loss He was such a great Boss. He will always be missed but never forgotten he was such a great guy. Just know our Thoughts and Prayers are with you all. If there is anything I can do I’m just a call away Love you all.

  6. Geri Macklin says:

    Catherine, I am thinking of all of you and know you will find comfort in the love of your wonderful family. Please give Rebecca an especially big hug from me. You are on my mind and in my prayers.

  7. Tanya Murphy says:

    Catherine, I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. I remember for your wedding he paid for all of our bridesmaid dresses… When most of us were just out of college. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Lynn Lukins says:

    To the Carlyle family. I will carry on the struggle in honor of Butch. God Bless!

  9. ken adams says:

    so very sorry for your loss. l always considered butch a friend.

  10. Dr. and Mrs. David A. Cleary says:

    To Anne and Family. I will always remember Butch for the love and enthusiasm we shared for northern Mi. and Mullet Lake in particular. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  11. Nancy L Holmes says:

    I’m very sorry for your loss. I haven’t see Butch, except driving by in his truck, since we moved from the neighbor hood a long time ago. But have alway enjoyed your whole family. My prayers are with all of you.

  12. Rita Honeysett says:

    And He will raise him up on eagle’s wings, and hold him in the palm of His hand. My condolences.

  13. Brent Henderson says:

    To Anna, Catherine and George…I’m very sorry for your loss. Butch was a great man, always willing to help us (my Dad and I) in the work environment. My Dad has been telling me for years what a big help Butch was to him in the early years of his business….I would be very proud to call Butch my Father. Keep the good times in your heart! May the passing days/weeks bring you comfort in knowing what a great man Butch was and that he loved you all VERY MUCH!!!

  14. Steve and Anne Turrie says:

    To my dearest friend and college roommate, Anne
    Steve and I will always remember our wonderful visit to your home years ago. Your wedding is such a special memory for me. Butch was a man of great integrity who adored his family. God’s blessings on all of you as you celebrate Butch’s life.

  15. Sharon Mensch (Wednesday night golf league) says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I know how hard it is for all of you.
    Sharon Mensch

  16. Cheryl, Anna, Ali and Brooke says:

    Anne, you’re in our thoughts and prayers and we are sending you a BIG BIGGBY hug. You were an amazing wife and caregiver. You’re truly an inspiration.

  17. Phil Menerick says:

    To the Carlyle Family, We will always remember the great smiles and joy Harold brought to our family. It was such a joy each and every time he stopped. He always made our days brighter no matter how rainy it might have been. He will forever be in our thoughts and never forgotten.

    From your friends and family at Yacht Basin Marina.

  18. Jill Flegal, Class of '63 says:

    Remembering Butch from our school days, he was a friendly and happy classmate. After reading these messages, I see that he grew up to be a man of fine character. My heartfelt condolences to his family.



  20. Mary Welsh says:

    One more angel in heaven. He was someone everyone should have had the pleasure of knowing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  21. Ken Carpenter says:

    Ken Carpenter, Class of ’63. To Anne and the Carlyle family. I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Butch. Butch and I were locker mates all thru Grade, Jr High and High School and we knew more about each other than anyone would really want to know about anybody. Butch could always be found at the Carpenter house, as so many of our friends and my parents enjoyed him so much also. I worked one summer with Butch in his fathers roofing business, what a hard job (the hardest I ever had), but as Butch would say, got a hell of a tan from the waist up. My thoughts of Butch are like yesterday and my prayers are with the Carlyle family. Ken & Linda Carpenter, South Bend, IN.

  22. Jim & Carol Smalley says:

    Its been a great joy having Butch & Annie as our neighbors for over 40 years. The Sunday neighborhood canoe trips down the Gun River bring fond memories as well as the dinners and great fellowship we have enjoyed over these many years.
    We will miss Butch on his daily walks around the block with Dee, and will miss his sense of humor and warm smile which was amazing with all the physical pain he endured.
    We will sincerely miss him in the neighborhood and pray for you Ann, Catherine, George, and families.
    Jim & Carol

  23. David Petill Bay City MI says:

    I am very sad to here of the passing of my cousin Butch. My thoughts and prayers are for his entire family.

  24. Kevin Lesperance says:

    Anne, George, and Catherine,
    Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Butch was an amazingly kind, caring, and strong individual. He will be greatly missed by many, including me. – Kevin

  25. Barbara Warnez Brenner says:

    To Ann and family, I first meet your wonderful family years ago when I was in high school when I would come over with Dolores when she was babysitting for you. I remember thinking what a nice family you had, we always had such fun at your home. In the last year or so, it has been such fun listening to Dee telling me of all the fun that she was having with Butch, helping him and being a part of the business. I was so sorry to hear of Butch’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Dee during this difficult time – Barb

  26. Larry and Mary Flegal says:

    Anne, we are so saddened to hear this sad news.Butch and I always waved and smiled to each other when I was on my early morning walks. Our thoughts are with your family at this tragic time in your lives.
    Larry and Mary

  27. Paul Horvath says:


    I can’t tell you how sorry I am to hear the news. It was always a pleasure to see the two of you come in. I sometimes have to force a smile when talking to customers but that was never the case with you two.

  28. The Gibson Family says:

    We are so sorry to hear about your dad,Catherine. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family at this sad time.
    Love, Brad, Moira,Campbell,Quinn and Anna Gibson xox

  29. Gwenn Kolk says:

    Anne –

    My thoughts are with you in your time of loss, always remember that Butch will be with you in your heart and memories. He will be missed by many as he was such a great person. Have peace in knowing that he is no longer in pain and will be watching over you through the holes in the floor of heaven, otherwise known as stars. You will always have an extended family here at Yacht Basin Marina!

  30. Nelson Nave & Patricia Hirsch says:

    Here’s to you Harold Carlyle. You were one of the best roofers in the County and one of nicest men around. We will see you on the other side.

  31. Jerry and Christy Petill says:

    To the Carlyle Family;

    We are very sorry to hear of Butch’s passing. He is now in the Lord’s hands and will be missed by family and friends.

  32. keith ray says:

    sorry for your loss, I met mr. carlyle driving truck at a local paper mill,loved to make fun with him, he will be greatly missed by so many. thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
    keith & sonya ray

  33. Jane Kling says:

    Dear George & Family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with youand your families.

  34. Jack & Jan Williams says:

    Dear Anne and Family,
    We send our very heartfelt sympathy to you all and know that our prayers are with you. His painful journey is over and is in a much better place.
    Love and Blessings to all your family.
    Jack and Jan Williams
    Lincoln, California

  35. George Buxton says:

    To the Carlyle Family may God bless you with the comfort of knowing that Harold “Butch” Carlyle was a wonderful friend to many and a loyal business man of great trust and integrity.

    I have no words that will lessen the loss and pain of loosing a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. Butch will be missed but not forgotten.

    George Buxton

  36. Carl Ill says:

    Anne, Catherine and George,

    I have many fond thoughts of your wonderful family. Always caring, kind, a sense of humor, smart and friendly. I’m sure these qualities will serve you well in the coming months, although this has to be an amazingly difficult time for you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Carl Ill

  37. Gene and Dee Bronkema says:

    To The Carlyle Family: So Sorry about your loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. you are in our thoughts and prayers. may the lord be with all of you, thru these difficult times.

  38. Robert & Marlene Pranskatis says:

    Our condolences to you and the family Anne. I remember when I had helped Butch roof some of your house and he paid me the best compliment ever when he told me that I put on a roof straighter than some of his own men. Living and growing up next to him we kids in the neighborhood had some fun times together. All of our yards were one big play area. One thing that always was on Butch’s face was that big smile he had. Remember and cherish that always Anne. It will help keep you going in the sad days .

  39. Christa & Joshua Moxon says:

    Dearest Anne & Carlyle Family,

    So sorry to hear of your loss. No human words can lessen the pain that comes with losing a loved one, but it is our prayer that you will find comfort and strength for this time in the hope of Christ Jesus. Much love to you all.

    ~Christa & Joshua Moxon

  40. Richard Allen says:

    Dick Allen, class of ’63. I’m sorry to hear of the passing of Butch. We spent many years together in school. Although i have not seen Butch since graduation, i recognized him immediately. My condolesences to the entire Carlyle family.

    Dick Allen

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