Bashaw, Everett "Butch" On October 12, 2016, Everett (Butch) Bashaw, 64 of Loveland, CO, was unexpectedly called home to be with his Lord and Savior. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, neighbor and friend to many. Butch was born and raised in Pleasant Ridge, MI, where he was the youngest of four children and grew up frequenting Tiger Stadium and the Detroit Zoo. He was the first in the family to attend college and earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Business from Grand Valley State University. Upon graduation from U of M, he met his wife, Sherri, in the Badlands of South Dakota. He often joked how he "saved the life of a damsel in distress" when they met, as a tornado threatened the campers and they were required to spend the night on the porch of the Visitor's Center. 41 years later, Sherri still disagrees with his account of the story. They were married in 1977, and both began their teaching careers in Warren, MI, until they relocated to Grand Rapids, MI, in 1978. During his 30 year career as a science teacher at Jenison High School (MI), Butch encouraged and influenced the lives of many with his love of science, puns, and especially science puns. He was a gregarious, intelligent, kind, generous, earnest, and genuine man who cared tremendously about others and especially his family. His deep love of baseball carried him through many years of coaching high school teams and coaching his two kids into summer leagues where he was their biggest fan. He followed the Detroit Tigers relentlessly through his life, and took every opportunity to see them in person. Butch loved road trips, and used the summer months when not teaching to explore the States with his wife and two kids in the family van. Upon their retirement in 2002, he and Sherri relocated to Colorado. He taught for three more years at Niwot HighSchool before fully retiring, and then enjoyed spending time in the Big Thompson Canyon and the Rocky Mountains. He was a man of strong faith, and his faith often guided his life decisions toward helping others. He was a friend to all and an active participant in weekly faith discussions with close friends throughout his adult life. During his retirement, he spent time umpiring softball for the City of Loveland, reading the latest murder mystery, listening to oldies, traveling abroad to England and Israel with his wife, and enjoying the beautiful Colorado scenery. In his later years, he became a full-time care giver for his beloved wife Sherri. He suffered his own health complications soon after she did, and continued to care for her through out her need over the last 4.5 years. During that time, he became a loving grandfather to his wonderful grandson, Brooks, whom he spent time with daily and adored. Butch was preceded in death by his parents, Everett and Evelyn, and is survived by his beloved wife, Sherri, of 39 years, his son, Mathew, daughter, Alisha, and grandson, Brooks. He is also survived by his brothers, Dennis and Roger, and his sister, Darlene Gross, along with many cousins, nieces and nephews. Butch was very loved by those who knew him and will be deeply missed. A memorial service for Butch will be held Tuesday, October 25th at 3pm at Foundations Church in Loveland, CO. He gave to several charities throughout his life and had a special connection with Up and Out Ministries of Grand Rapids, MI; a ministry designed to help give kids a second chance at their childhoods by building positive relationships through equine therapy, dance and sports. Butch held an annual fundraiser for Up and Out by combining his love of science with his desire to help others by silvering the insides of Coke bottles with his Chemistry students and selling them. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to either to Up and Out Ministries in his name, or to the GoFundMe account online started recently by friends of the family to help with Sherri's ongoing medical needs (search for Sherri Bashaw). We have been deeply blessed by Butch's presence with us and will honor his wishes of celebrating his life. We eagerly look forward to seeing him again one day in the Kingdom of Heaven.
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