John F. Butterhoff Jr., 78, Exxon employee, veteran


John Frederick Butterhoff Jr., a retired Exxon worker and Navy veteran, died Wednesday of complications from a blood clot at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The Northeast Baltimore resident was 78.

Mr. Butterhoff -- who was known as Buttercup -- was born and raised on Rose Street in East Baltimore, where his parents owned a grocery store. He attended Mount St. Joseph High School in Irvington, until leaving six months before graduation to join the Navy in 1943. He later earned his General Educational Development diploma.

During World War II, he served stateside and attained the rank of yeoman. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean War and served aboard the USS Baltimore, a heavy cruiser.

He worked for many years in Exxon's credit department in the Standard Oil Building on St. Paul Place. He retired in the late 1970s. During the 1980s, he worked part time in the credit department of the old Levenson & Klein's Monument Street furniture store, and as an inventory clerk at Jerry's Belvedere Tavern.

Mr. Butterhoff enjoyed traveling, University of Notre Dame sports, John Wayne movies and golf.

In 1948, he married Evelyn Anna Beck. The couple had been separated since 1969. Mr. Butterhoff's companion of 32 years, Irma Wingate, died last year.

No funeral was planned.

Mr. Butterhoff is also survived by two sons, Robert Butterhoff of Manchester and John F. Butterhoff III of Rodgers Forge; a daughter, Mary C. Ambrose of Parkville; three grandsons; and two great-grandchildren.

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