Paul “Butch” Klipsic

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Tuesday, April 2, 1946
Date of Death:
Friday, October 1, 2021
75 years old


Date: Monday October 04, 2021
Time: 10:30 am

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Memorial Service

Date: Monday October 04, 2021
Time: 11:00 am

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]


Location: Grandview Memorial Gardens [ view map ]

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Tuesday, April 2, 1946
Date of Death:
Friday, October 1, 2021
75 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Tuesday, April 2, 1946
Date of Death:
Friday, October 1, 2021
75 years old

Paul “Butch” Klipsic

Butch Klipsic, 75, of Oronoco, MN passed on October 1, 2021 at Cottagewood Senior Communities after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Butch was born April 2, 1946 in Rochester, MN to Paul and Ileen (Hague) Klipsic. He graduated from John Marshall High School in 1964 and attended the University of North Dakota.   On May 18, 1968 he married Susan Marcuson at St Michaels Church in Kenyon MN. The couple lived in Rochester until 1992, when they moved to Oronoco MN.  Butch worked as an Inspector for Rochester Public Works.

Butch loved sports and was a very gifted athlete. At John Marshall, he was a three star athlete lettering in football, hockey, and baseball. Butch attended the University of North Dakota on a baseball scholarship.  At UND, Butch played both hockey and baseball, and his baseball team was the first team inducted into the UND Hall of Fame. His sports career continued playing hockey on the Senior Men’s Rochester Mustangs team of the 70’s.  Butch was an avid and lifelong Pittsburgh sports fan, especially the Steelers.

He is survived by his wife, Susan (Marcuson) Klipsic; his son, Tony Klipsic of Cottage Grove MN, daughter, Lisa Klipsic and son-in-law, Aaron Espinoza of Los Angeles; grandson, Cody Klipsic of Minneapolis; his sister, Mary Neilson of Madison WI; and his brother, Dick and wife Pam Klipsic of Madison WI.

The Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday October 4, 2021 in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home with Father Russ Scepaniak officiating. Visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the service and a luncheon to follow the service.

Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimers Association or Moments Hospice.

Online condolences are welcome at


The family of Paul “Butch” Klipsic has received the following condolences.

Dear Sue,  we just read today about Butch’s passing and are so sorry for your loss.  You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Chris and Jeff

My sincerest sympathy and prayers, Susan, to you and your family.

Sending my condolences to Butch's loved ones. I was part of the Class of '64 JMHS. So many of us remember him with happy memories. He was a much-appreciated part of our Class. It is so nice to know he had a loving family and clearly from the comments, he enjoyed his life and work. Too soon, but a life well lived. Sent from San Diego, California. 

Have fond memories of you and Butch at Cath Lab gatherings as well as Northgate Health Club soirées. Butch loved to engage in fun loving repartee. 

Go thee merrily into heaven dear Butch…

Sorry to miss the service, we are out west….


Jane and John

                                                                 Prayer for The Game of Life by Richard Cardinal Cushing 

Dear God, help me be a good sport in the game of life.  I don't ask for an easy spot in the lineup.  Put me anywhere you need me.  I only ask that I can give you 100% of what I have.  If all the hard drives seem to come my way, I thank you for the compliment. Help me remember that you never send a player more trouble than he can handle with your help...

And help me, Lord, to accept the bad breaks as part of the game. May I always play on the square no matter what others do...Help me study...The I'll know the rules...

Finally, God, if the natural turn of events goes against me and I'm benched for sickness or old age, help me accept that part of the game, too. Keep me from whimpering that I was framed or got a raw deal.  And when I finish the final inning, I ask for no laurels; all I want to believe in my heart, I played as well as I could and I didn't let you down. 


Butch, always gave 100% and played the best game ever. 

Greg Brown


Sue & family,

my sincere condolences to you all! Butch touched so many lives & those memories will live on! His beautiful smile lit up rooms! He was a very special person.

my best regards to you all🙏❤️🙏

Patti (DeYoung) NUSS

Dear Sue, 

Sorry to read that Butch passed away.  

We shared the same experience having our husbands pass from Alzheimer's disease. 

Take care.


I grew up with Butch. We spent countless hours on the hockey rink together. He may be gone, but he will live on in the memories of all of us who we’re lucky enough to be part of his life. 
My sympathy to all his family and those that loved him. 
Gary Lampman

Sending our thoughts and prayers that you find comfort from the happy memories you have with Butch. 

Dear Sue, Lisa, Tony and extended family,

     There are no words for your heartache but with each passing day you will gain strength and find peace in the cherished memories of your beloved Butch…….our precious memory is his absolutely awesome SMILE which matched his caring personality……loving thoughts and prayers for your peace as Butch has received his peace🙏🏻💕🙏🏻    Charlie and Mary Anne

There are a lot of special memories of Butch from our younger years.  Sue, may God give you peace, comfort and strength at this difficult time.

Bill and Mikki Leach

There are no words to describe Butch-he was like a big-brother to me too!! Always teasing and making me laugh and bc I was an only child, I thought he was sooo funny-which he was.

I remember him coming around the boards in a JM Hockey game and whoosh-he could handle that stick!!! Now he is on Gods Hockey team -Gods beautiful Son!!! 

Love to you Sue!!!

Sue, I am so sorry for the loss of your Butch. Do be taking especially good care of yourself. As you know, life is fragile. 

Jerry Porter

Butch was a great guy who always had a positive attitude and demeanor. My condolences to his family.

Sue, I am so saddened to read of Butch’s passing.  I know he has not been the “Butch” I remembered from many years ago but did enjoy seeing/conversing with the both of you when my dad was living at Arbor Terrace.  That was over 6 years ago.  I hold Butch, you and your family in my heart and prayers. We are at our cabin so won’t be able to attend the memorial service.  Take care of yourself.  Your friend, Lynne Miller


 Sorry for your loss.Butch was a great man!!!!

Sam Grosso

As a John Marshall class of 1964, I send my sympathy to his entire family.

What a handsome man!

Sue & Family, 

I extend to you my deepest sympathy.  I have fond memories from hockey at Cook Park to pheasant hunting along the RR Tracks between Rochester and Byron.  Reffing broomball in sub zero temps.  Whenever we saw each other on the street it always started as fake agression and then laughs.  He was definitely a KEEPER.  My best to all of you.


Tim Tarara

We send our sincere condolences to the family. May God send you peace and comfort.

Jim & Barb



I am so saddened for your loss.  I feel honored to have known Mr. Klipsic most of my life.  (Obviously we called him Butch when he wasn't around growing up! )  Thank you all for being such a big part of my life.  I cannot begin to understand all the emotions you are experiencing at this time.  I am sending love and prayers to all of you.  We regret we cannot be there at this time.   It hurts to know he has passed.  I hope you can all find peace in knowing he is no longer suffering.  


I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your brother, Butch. May God comfort you during this difficult time. 

Sorry to hear of Butch's passing. I first knew him through my older brother, but later I worked summers in the city's Public Works Dept., often on Butch's crew, and got to know him much better. He knew my entire family, and I remember that he was always especially pleasant with my mother. RIP