Luvern “Butz” John Weber was born January 26, 1930, in Hutchinson County, SD, the 7th child of Fred and Catherine (Bowar) Weber. He grew up on the farm and attended Catholic school through the 8th grade in Dimock, SD. In 1944, he moved with his family to the Mathias Bowar farm in Davison County and farmed with his dad until 1953. In 1953, Butz enlisted in the US Army and served in Germany until 1955. He then returned to Dimock and continued farming in Davison County. On June 1, 1957, he married Virginia Baysinger in Woonsocket. In 1965, Butz and Virginia moved to a farm in Davison County where they raised five children while dairy farming. From 1967 until 1975, Butz and his brother, Eugene, owned and operated a John Deere Implement dealership in Dimock. In 1982, Butz retired from dairy farming and moved to Dimock where he resided until his death.
Butz enjoyed watching Twins baseball, playing cards and pool, fishing, having coffee with friends and helping combine during harvest time. He was a member of St. Peter and Paul Parish in Dimock until 2005 and then became a member of Holy Family Parish in Mitchell. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, VFW, and also served on the Dimock Cheese Factory Board.
Butz is survived by his wife, Virginia; three sons: Mark (Carolee) Weber of Sioux Falls; Brad (Paula) Weber of Parkston; Paul (Jodi) Weber of Woonsocket; one daughter, Jodi Boyer and special friend, Doug McManigal of Creighton, NE, his son-in-law, Lon Krueger of Spearfish, thirteen grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and one sister, Mary Weepie of Mitchell.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Diana Krueger in 2005, his brothers: Arnold, Elmer and Eugene, two sisters, Alvina Kummer and Bernice Walton and his parents.