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Kenneth ‘Butch’ Andrée

CASPIENNE – Kenneth George “Mannish” Andree, 73, of Caspian, died on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at Aspirus Iron River Hospital.

Born September 12, 1948 in Stambaugh, son of the late Kenneth “Boyfriend” G. Andrée and Phyllis (Bialik) Andrée Paro. Butch graduated from Iron River High School with the Class of 1966. He attended Heavy Equipment Operator School at the NMU.

After graduation, he worked summers as an instructor at Iron County Youth Camp Batawagama. He also worked for a short time on the railroad. Butch moved to Appleton, Wisconsin, where he worked in a towel manufacturing company. Wanting to be closer to home, he moved to Escanaba and accepted a job with Carivous Homes in the construction and installation of mobile homes.

Butch’s career path brought him back to Iron River when he accepted a position as Steward of Iron River Elks Lodge. Butch left the Elks when he purchased the Wooden Nickel Saloon. He also drove a school bus for the WIC school system. After retiring from school, Butch built and repaired computers from his home. Lacking to be outdoors, he started a lawn mowing business in the Iron River area.

Butch loved music, playing the tuba in high school and later the organ. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, snowmobiling and motorcycle rides. Butch spent time targeting Camp Gibbs and was interested in all types of firearms. He had many fond memories of his time at the hunting camp and enjoyed the camaraderie.

Holiday dinners and family reunions were Butch’s favorites. A good dinner with family or friends was also a favorite. Butch loved to put together puzzles with his mother.

He was a former member of Crystal Falls-Iron River Lodge F & AM 385 and River Elks Lodge 1671, Iron Range Snowmobile Club, Gun Club at Camp Gibbs, and Sons of the American Reino Squadron 21 in the Legion in watching NASCAR or football games.

Butch is survived by his aunt, Kathleen Andree; several cousins; and very special friends and caregivers, Tracy Leonarduzzi and Jim Davis.

He was also predeceased by his brother, Kurt Paro and several uncles and aunts.

A celebration of life will take place at a later date.

Condolences can be expressed to Kenneth’s family “Mannish” G. Andrée online at

Funeral arrangements by Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron River.


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