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Glenn Buter dies at 88

April 26, 2010
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Glenn R. Buter, 88, the father and grandfather of well-known horsemen Terry, Tim, Todd and Tyler Buter, died Thursday, April 22, at the Courtyards, on the Brethren Village retirement community's campus in Lancaster, Pa.
 
Born in Zeeland, Michigan, he was the son of the late Gustave and Nellie Bos Buter. A former resident of Zeeland, Mich., he was a graduate of Holland Christian High School and, later in his career, the Executive Management Course, Harvard.
 
Mr. Buter was employed by Whitehall Products, Inc. for 27 years. When he joined the company in 1952, as a sales representative, it was known as Mail Pouch Tobacco Company. In 1957  he was promoted to Division Manager, in 1964 he was named Eastern Field Sales Manager and in 1969 National Sales Manager, a position he held until his retirement in 1979. Prior to joining Whitehall Products he served as a District Representative for W. K. Kellogg Co., Battle Creek, Mich.
 
Mr. Buter lived in Zeeland until 1964 when he, his wife and their family relocated to Lancaster, Pa. In 1970 he was transferred to Mail Pouch headquarters in Wheeling, W. Va., where he and his family resided in adjacent St. Clairsville, Ohio, until 1979. Upon his retirement that year they returned to Zeeland, Mich. They made their residence in the Zeeland area until 2002 when they returned to Lancaster.
 
While residing in Zeeland from 1979-2002, Mr. Buter was affiliated in management with A.D. Bos Company in Holland, Mich. Mr. Buter along with his wife Ann Ruth, were Charter Members of Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Zeeland and attended the Covenant United Methodist Church in Lancaster.
 
Prior to leaving the Zeeland area, Mr. Buter was a member of the Gil Karsten American Legion Post and for many years was a manager of the Zeeland Softball Team. He was a life member of BPOE No. 1315 Holland, Michigan.
 
An avid Standardbred horse enthusiast and member of the Michigan Standardbred Breeders Association, he was involved with and a loyal supporter of the Buter Racing Stables. While residing in Ohio and with horses racing at The Meadows, he was very active with the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association, serving as president.
 
He is survived by four sons, Terry Glenn (Dixie), Clinton, Mich.; Thomas Scott of Lancaster, Tim (Belinda S.), also of Clinton, and Todd Layne (Lynette) of Manchester, Mich.; grandchildren Meegan Jo, Kristy Lynn, Joshua Charles, Jason Glenn, Regina Marie, Tyler Layne and Trevor Lee; great-grandchildren: Sage Walker, Spence Robert, Calli Christine, Hayleigh Elizabeth; a sister-in-law, Esther F. Brouwer, of Holland, and three nephews.
 
Visitation was on Sunday, April 25, at the Groffs Family Funeral Home in Lancaster.
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