Ervin “Butch” Koether of Sinton, passed away peacefully on January 4, 2021, at the age of 71.
Born on February 24, 1949 in Floresville, Texas, Butch was the eldest son of Delmore and Irene Koether.
A 1967 graduate of Poth High School,, along with his high school sweetheart, Shirley Lyssy.
They were married on August 30, 1969. They moved to College Station, where Butch served in the Corps
of Cadets while earning a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Agricultural Education. He graduated in the
fightin’ Texas Aggie class of ‘71. Following graduation, Butch served in the U.S. Army and was briefly
stationed in Georgia at Fort Gordon.
For 30 years, Butch was an Ag teacher and administrator at Sinton ISD. He loved his years spent
taking students to stock shows all around the state of Texas and teaching them that a work ethic pays off.
Butch was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He was an expert craftsman and
spent much of his time renovating his children’s homes and building custom bunk beds and bookshelves
for those who called him ‘Grandpa."
After retirement, he and Shirley enjoyed traveling the world and bringing their family and friends
to their favorite places. Butch passed down his passion for agriculture and made raising poultry a family
affair. He supported the San Patricio A&H Show by serving as Poultry Chair. He also coached a variety
of little league teams and could be found arguing with the officials for any sport, from basketball to
softball, that his grandkids played.
Butch was preceeded in death by his parents and sister-in-law, Karen Lyssy. He is survived by his
wife, his son and daughter-in-law, Chad and Yvonne Koether; his daughter and son-in-law, Dana and
Zachary Kay; and his five grandchildren, Ryanne Koether, Rylee Kay, Annie Kay, Blake Koether, and
Addison Kay. In addition, he is survived by his siblings, Carolyn (Alvin) Moczygemba, and Larry
(Kathy) Koether; and his 3 brother-in-laws, Melvin (Virginia), Ervin, and Allen (Karen) Lyssy, and
numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at the Resthaven Funeral Home Chapel in Sinton. The family will begin receiving guests at 5:00 PM. A Holy Rosary will be recited the same evening, 6:00 PM at the funeral home. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, January 14, 2021, 10:00 AM at Sacred Heart Church in Sinton with Father Yul as celebrant.
Burial will be held Monday, January 18, 2021, 11:30 AM in St. Ann's Cemetery (Kosciusko Cemetery), 8161 FM 541 in Stockdale, Texas.
Guestbook available online at www.resthavenfunerals.com
Arrangements and care entrusted to Resthaven Funeral Home, Sinton.
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