Elton John "Butch" Venenga, age 70, of Grundy Center, Iowa passed away on March 8, 2016 at his home in Grundy Center. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 11, 2016 at the Bethany Presbyterian Church in Grundy Center, Iowa. Burial will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Grundy Center. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Memorials may be directed to the Grundy Center Community Schools District Foundation.
Butch was born on March 21, 1945 in Eldora, Iowa to his parents Ben and Grace Venenga. He was educated in Grundy Center. Upon completion of his studies, Butch worked at Mid Equipment. He then went on to work at Van Wechel Motors where he honed his skills as a mechanic. Butch then began his 30 year career with Grundy Center Schools as a bus mechanic and head driver, retiring in June of 2009.
Butch was a long-time member of Bethany Presbyterian Church, where he served the church as an usher. He often lent his time and skills behind the scenes of many events in Grundy Center. Butch enjoyed antique tractors and loved his fishing trips to Canada with his friends.
Butch is survived by his sisters LeAnn Bettenga, Doris Roberts, Marcia Stumpf, Rebecca (Eric) Jacobs; a brother Darrell (Nancy) Venenga; many nieces and nephews and a very caring friend Jill Krausman. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Bernard and Keith and sisters Carol Holmes and DeElda Zumbrunnen.