Lawrence “Butch” J. Bruton Jr., 86 of Twin Lakes, passed away on Sept. 5, 2021.

Larry was born in Chicago on Jan. 21, 1935 to Lawrence and Pauline (Vasnauskas) Bruton. On May 3, 1958 in Chicago, he was united in marriage to Patricia A. Eckfeldt. She preceded him in death on January 8, 1990.

Larry joined the Chicago Fire Dept. in 1958 and served 29 years. He was honored with an honorable mention for bravery involving risking his life in 1963 to save two children in a house fire. After retiring in 1987, he joined the Twin Lakes Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad and recently received an award for years of service. He worked as a Fire Inspector for the Village of Twin Lakes. He retired from Morton Chemical Company as utilities foreman and plant fire chief. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Larry enjoyed spending time with his family and never missed his children and grandchildren’s sporting events or special occasions. He coached Little League years ago. He spent his free time golfing, bowling and doing woodworking.

Larry is survived by his children, Judith (Brian) Robers, Eileen (David) Hanson, Larry (Kris) Bruton, Terry (Kathy) Bruton, Linda (Scott) Wingreen, Donna (Colson) Leach, and Jim (Tonya) Bruton; special friend Darlene Peterson; siblings Ann M. Howell, Noreen Kann, Pauline Bruton, and James (Patricia) Bruton; 20 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Patricia; and brothers Michael Bruton and Patrick Bruton.

Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Home in Twin Lakes. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Visitation also will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of service.

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