Bryce Butenhoff died on on April 7, 2008 at Kanabec Hospital in Mora. He was 8 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICES will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 12th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora. VISITATION will be Friday evening from 5:00-8:00 P.M. at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home.
Bryce Henry Butenhoff, of Mora, Minnesota, died on April 7, 2008 at the Kanabec Hospital with his parents by his side. Bryce passed away due to complications of Batten Disease. He was 8 years old. He was born on October 17, 1999 to Brian and Laura (Helmbrecht) Butenhoff. He was baptized on December 12, 1999 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora. He spent most of his life in Mora where he touched many lives while attending ECFE and ECSE where he was cared for and taught by wonderful teachers. He loved to ride the school bus, until Batten Disease took over; which prevented him from continuing in a public school.
Bryce loved riding on his 4-wheeler many times a day. He also enjoyed watching Chad and Cory load the “Big Tractors.” He loved the neighbor’s puppies and always watched out the window seat and let us know when the police car pulled in next door as he said “Chris is home.” After losing his eyesight and the ability to walk or talk he spent his time listening to music and enjoying his visits from family, friends, teachers, caregivers and therapists. More than anything Bryce loved to be held. He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Bryce is survived by his parents Brian and Laura Butenhoff; his sister Makayla; grandfather Andrew Helmbrecht of Quamba; grandmother Kathryn Butenhoff of Mora; great-grandmother Bernice Butenhoff of Mora; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather Henry Butenhoff and grandmother Regina Helmbrecht.
A Christian funeral service will be held on April 12, 2008 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora, Officiated by Father Plaisted and Rita Clasemann. Kris Paulson will be the pianist. Pallbearers are Anthony Sorensen, Christopher Sorensen, Andrew Johnson and Zachary Helmbrecht. Honorary pallbearer is Scott Barnhart. A private family burial will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery at a later date.