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“I surround you, Mom, with a white light that surrounds you, engulfs you, and keeps you healthy, happy, safe, and warm forever and ever. Love you! ”
1 of 22 | Posted by: Helen

“Ted and Family, Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you in your time of sorrow. There are so many things worse than death, the...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Branch and Michele Meanley - VA

“To the Sue Hillard Butz family...while I last visited with Sue was sometime in the mid 70s in Washington DC, I was saddened to hear of her passing. ...Read More »
3 of 22 | Posted by: Dan Doran - Redmond, WA - friend

“Although I had not seen Sue for many years except for a brief moment seeing her in Macy's Glendale 4 years ago, I am quite saddened to learn of her...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Gordon Dunne - Indianapolis, IN

“Sue's spirit, courage and grace, will live in the hearts of all who knew her. I am a better person for the small amount of time I got to spend with...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Renda Rawdin - Champaign, IL

“It was such a pleasure to be Sue's caregiver in the last months of her life. My time with Sue, Ted and Helen will forever stay with me. God Bless...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Diane Killingback - Hospice RN

“Sue Butz.......... graced the world she lived in and made an indelible pleasant memory to those she touched. Sue was driven with fun and smiles and...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Jack Carr Boyd - Noblesville, IN

“Just being an acquaintance of Susan was enough to let you know that this was a woman who used every moment of her life in a positive manner. She was...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Fred and Mel Tishler - IN

“I sorely miss Suzan's energy, amazing insight and inquisitiveness. She made this world better with her work, safer with her care for all around her...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: Nicholas Georgakopoulos - IN

“Being a younger member of the Hillard clan, I remember Sue as being a twinkle of sunshine ever since childhood. You always knew there would be a...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Bonnie (Hillard) Smith - Pesotum, IL

“I met Sue just weeks before she was diagnosed, I believe. I had moved to Indianapolis from Florida and took a job at a local coffee shop where she...Read More »
11 of 22 | Posted by: Kristin Byrne - Broad Ripple, IN

“Memories of Sue came flooding back when I saw her obit in our local Champaign-Urbana News Gazette today. I immediately went to my 1964 yearbook to...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: geni Roark - St. Joseph, IL

“Dear Ted and family, Though we know Sue is in a better place where there is no more pain, we were still saddened when we heard of her passing. ...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Richard and Sue Huckstep - IN

“As Pentwater neighbors we only had the good fortune of knowing this accomplished, courageous lady for the last 3 years. We will miss you on Sandhill...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: John and Marykay Kidle - MI

“Ted and Helen,As you know we first met Sue at Steve & Jeannie's home on Sandhill, and I had an immediate connection: we were born less than 60 days...Read More »
15 of 22 | Posted by: Lisa & Rhodes Baker - Columbus, OH

“What a FANTASTIC WOMAN!!!! Although we knew how smart she was, getting a nursing degree and a JD degree, we didn't realize she was so many other...Read More »
16 of 22 | Posted by: Lynn Walker Young - Friend

“Dear Ted, So sorry to hear of your loss. You will be in our thoughts as you have been for some time. John and Becky Acheson ”
17 of 22 | Posted by: John Acheson - zionsville, IN

“Upon learning of Susan's passing a few minutes ago, I could not help but feel the world had just gotten a bit darker. My thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: jan michelsen - fishers, IN

“Dear Ted and family, May angels surround your family during this time to comfort you. What a wonderful woman Susan is. God surely blessed all who...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: The F.C. Tucker Home Services Team - IN

“Our hearts are broken this morning to hear the news of Sue's passing; the world has lost a very special person. Sue was a cherished friend for many...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Kathy & Bob Ladavac - IN

“Ted, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers right now. God be with all of you right now. Know that Susan is in an angel in heaven now...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Sarah Gordon, Human Resources - F.C. Tucker Company, Inc. - IN

“Dear Butz Family, There are few things more difficult than dealing with the loss of a loved one. We, along with our staff, are honored and humbled...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Center - IN

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Susan Hillard Butz of Indianapolis, IN passed away on January 18, 2011 after a challenging four year battle with pancreatic cancer. Sue is survived by her husband of 28 years, Ted Butz, their 26 year old daughter, Helen, two step sons, Chris and Will, her mother, and four siblings.

Born March 12, 1946 in Champaign, IL., she is the daughter of Helen Manny Hillard and the late Edward M. Hillard and grew up in the tiny ‘burg’ of Ivesdale, IL. Sue often spoke fondly of her free-spirited life among the fields and farms of her youth. Her early life apparently set the stage for the free-spirited, opinionated, and direct person we all came to know and love. She was greatly influenced by the care and educational guidance of the Benediction nuns and priests who taught her at St. Joseph’s Grade School. After graduating from Bement High School, Sue attended Millikan University to obtain an RN Diploma. In 1966 she was named nursing student of the year.

After graduation Sue moved to Indianapolis to work for the IU Medical Center as an oncology nurse under Dr. Larry Einhorn. In 1979, Sue went to work for Bristol-Myers Squibb where she, after three short years, was named the number one salesperson in the nation in the Oncology division. During this time she also completed her B.A. in English at Butler University.

Sue loved being busy and involved in the community. Her activities and memberships included the Republican Party as precinct committeewomen, the Indianapolis Museum of Art where she was an active docent and The Dramatic Club. Her love of travel and education took her to Cambridge University in England as well as India to study art; China to study law, and to many European countries where she soaked up the history and culture. Wherever Sue traveled, she found interesting and unique pieces of art that makes up her eclectic collection of which she was so proud.

Sue went on to become Program Administrator for the Hospital Care for the Indigent for the State of Indiana. Wanting to do more, Sue attended IU School of Law where she graduated with her J.D. degree in August of 2003.

After her daughter went to college, Sue devoted herself to building her dream home in Pentwater, Michigan. The home was completed in 2008. Sue was able to enjoy two wonderful summers at the lake and the house turned into a peaceful retreat for her during the hard battle with cancer.

Sue will be remembered by her friends for her deep throated laugh and her wicked sense of humor, her love of reading in front of the fire in her library, for her ability to have fun dancing the night away and for her compassion, wisdom and loyalty that made her the best mother, wife and friend to the world.

Visitation is from 1:00pm to 3:00pm on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at Flanner and Buchanan located at 1305 E. Broad Ripple Ave. Indpls, IN, with memorial services at 3pm. You are invited to visit the website: to share a personal memory of Sue or sign the guest book. Memorial contributions can be made to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer ( or to the IU Simon Cancer Center ( Please indicate “In memory of Susan H. Butz”.

You are invited to go to the Guest Book page to pass along your personal message or tell a story.


-Your friends at Flanner and Buchanan