One or the other must leave, one or the other must stay,
One or the other must grieve, that is forever the way.
That is the vow that was sworn, faithful ‘til death do us part.
Braving what has to be borne, widening the ache in the heart.
One how so ever adored, first must be summoned away.
That is the will of the Lord- one or the other must stay!
Butch leaves a legacy of love and integrity with his family and those who knew him. He has left behind wonderful memories of a loving husband, father, and grandfather. We are grateful for each and every day we got to see his glowing smile, and for the lessons learned and all the jokes we shared.
Arvid “Butch” Brice Fenne passed in peace from this life into the hands of his Savior on March 14, 2020 at the age of 75. He leaves behind his loving wife Josette, who he met at age 15, she was 14. They fell in love that very first moment. Their love would carry them through all of their 60 years together, never wanting to be apart. He also leaves behind his sons Matt, Greg and his wife Harmony, grandsons Kaden and Neil who gave him so much joy, brothers Marvin and Robert, sisters Betty Allen, Rhonda Berger, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his father Ivar, mother Bernice, and sister Linda McLaren.
Butch was the most patient and kind man. He loved his wife, family, country, and above all others, his Lord Jesus. He set a wonderful example as a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He served his country in the Army and then worked in the Georgia Pacific Wood Mill until he retired.
Butch was born into Norwegian heritage. His father, Ivar, came to America by ship, landing on Ellis Island. His father finally settled in Camas, WA; marrying Bernice, his Norwegian bride. Butch’s father passed away when he was only 5. Having lost his father so young, he made sure that he had time for his boys. He taught them so much. Butch was so proud to be Norwegian. He and Josette cooked Lefsa for most holidays. This special tradition was passed down to their son Greg, and then to their grandchildren, Kaden and Neil.
Butch also loved fishing and hunting. He had his last elk hunt with his son Greg, just two months before he passed. Butch and Greg always had fun stories from their time together. He always seemed to make new friends, wherever he went. His kind spirit and warm sense of humor will be remembered by many.
Butch’s family plans on having his remains placed in Washougal Cemetery. A celebration of life will be held this summer in his honor.
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