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Lawrence "Butch" Gayle Nilges

Lawrence “Butch” G. Nilges, age 79 of Linn, passed away Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at his residence surrounded by his loving family


Butch was born December 25, 1941, in Kansas City, Missouri, a son to the late Lawrence H. and Iona (Franken) Nilges.


He was a 1959 graduate of Linn High School.  Butch was a member of the Missouri National Guard from 1964 through 1969.


On August 28, 1965, he was united in marriage to Patsy “Pat” Senevey at St. George Catholic Church in Linn.  She survives of their home.


Butch was a maintenance supervisor for Algoa Correctional Facility in Jefferson City for over 30 years before his retirement in 2000. He then went to work at Carroll Rehma, now Jim Butler, in Linn until 2016. 


He was a member of St. George Catholic Church and the NRA.  He also was a past member of Knight of Columbus Council #4838 and Linn Lion’s Club.


Butch enjoyed deer and rabbit hunting, raising Beagles, watching St. Louis Cardinal Baseball, attending grandchildren and great grandchildren’s school and sporting events, and spending time with his family.


In addition to his spouse, Pat of 56 years, Butch is survived by: one son, Shawn Nilges and his wife Patty of Forsyth; a granddaughter, Kaylee Bennett who was raised by Butch and Pat, and her husband Dodger Bennett of Linn; one niece, Paige Kampeter and her husband Mike of Jefferson City; one nephew, Mark Wilson and his wife Paula of Columbia; three grandchildren, Seth, Cody and Schaelinn; six great grandchildren, Landen, Lake, Kimber, Emersyn, Kayson, and Korbyn.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter and son-in-law, Dawn and Gary Love; one sister and brother-in-law, Ardith Ann and Bill Wilson; and a daughter -in-law, Michelle (Wallace) Nilges.


Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 29, 2021, at Morton Chapel in Linn.


Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 30, 2021, at St. George Catholic Church in Linn. Interment will be in St. George Parish Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice Compassus.

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Pat and family,
I am so sorry for your loss, Butch was one of a kind and I loved working with him.
Susie Haslag

Susie Haslag Jul 30 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss, he will be greatly missed.

Denise Sallin Cross Jul 29 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Lawrence "Butch" Nilges

Gary and Chris Schaefer Jul 28 2021 12:00 AM

I will always treasure the times with my Dad (Red), Butch, Pat and very-young Shawn at the farm each November for deer season! We had great times and great friendships. Rest easy dear friend; prayers for comfort and my sincerest condolences to Pat, Shawn and the entire Nilges family.

Robert (Bob) Legg Jul 28 2021 12:00 AM

Pat. You are in my prayers at this time. "Butch" now is pain free and in God's hands. RIP

linda roberts Jul 28 2021 12:00 AM

Pat, Thoughts and prayers for you and the Family always enjoyed visits at auctions with you and Butch! Wish I was well enough to come to service for him.

Rick Cook Jul 28 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear about the loss of your family member he will be missed

Jamie Neuner Jul 27 2021 12:00 AM

Very sorry to hear about Butch. I know from family he has not felt well for awhile. Maybe to think about the time you had together you can Thank God did that he now out of pain and with many family n friends to greet him. You will miss him dearly. I will keep him n you in my prayers.

Betty Betsy Voss Edwards Jul 27 2021 12:00 AM

Thinking of you Shawn and Seth and family

Betty and Ted Craig Jul 27 2021 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to Pat, Shawn and family. I always enjoyed running into him and sharing a laugh. RIP Butch!

Mary Beth Peters Jul 27 2021 12:00 AM

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