Walter “Butch” Hufnagel died on January 17, 2023 at Brentwood Terrace Nursing Home in Paris, Texas. He was born on September 28, 1938 in Okarche, Oklahoma, to John and Mildred (Higdon) Hufnagel, the ninth of eleven children. He married Carol Graehler in Jasper, Indiana, on November 7, 1964. God blessed their marriage with five children.
Butch is survived by his wife Carol, children Rick Hufnagel (LeAnn) of Edmond, OK; Karen Keller (Shane) of Valentine, NE; Diane Heitschmidt (Roy) of Nazareth, TX; Janet Thompson (Matt) of Columbia, MO; and Donnie Hufnagel (Leslie) of Luther, OK; grandchildren Mary, Elizabeth, John and Joe Hufnagel; Megan Seeley (Jake), Ty Keller (Katie), Jon, Michaela and Bryan Keller; Eric, Emily, Ryan and Brett Heitschmidt; Kate, Abby, Will and Luke Thompson; Cassie and Cobie Hufnagel; and great-grandchildren Clara, Madelyn, Brogan and Tate Seeley, and Ada Jane Keller.
As a young man, Butch prayed for a ranch and a family. Through hard work, perseverance, integrity, and trust in God, those prayers were answered. Butch and Carol raised cattle and kids in Okarche, OK, Tappen, ND, and on the Red River in Southeast Oklahoma.
A Vigil Service will be held at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church (3300 Clarksville St, Paris, TX) on Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 6:00 PM followed by a Visitation. During this time, we will reminisce and savor friendships built through the years. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, January 20 at 10:00 AM, Fr. Gavin Vaverek officiating.
Internment will take place at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Okarche, OK, on Saturday, January 21 at 2:00 PM. We will gather at 6:00 PM Saturday at Expedinture Brewery in Okarche. Come prepared to laugh and raise a toast to Butch.
The family sends heartfelt thanks to Father Gavin, Judy and Theresa for their spiritual visits, to Mallory and Bailie of Waterford Hospice, to the staff of Brentwood for their love and dedication, and to Larry, a very special final roommate.
In lieu of flowers, please send a card to Carol and Family with a special note.
Online condolences may be sent to the Hufnagel family by visiting www.fry-gibbs.com