May 13, 1947 — July 23, 2022


BLACK RIVER FALLS - Philip J. “Butch” Abbott Jr., 75, of Black River Falls, died Saturday, July 23, 2022 at Marshfield Medical Center, Marshfield. He was born on May 13, 1947 to Philip Sr. and Dorothy (Johnson) Abbott in Sparta.

   He lived in Cataract, Wisconsin for his entire childhood. He attended Sparta Area Schools and graduated in 1965. He married Patricia Popp, and they had 3 children; Kelly, Kurt, and Karan.

   Philip worked for Badger Ammunition, Baraboo, until they closed. He then became a guard at Waupun, in the state prison system. After that, he worked at the Correctional Center in Black River Falls, then Habelman’s Cranberry Packing in Millston.

   He is survived by his special friend, Judy Ellenberger; his son, Kurt (Connie) Abbott of Warrens; daughter, Karan Stelter of Black River Falls; sisters, Nancy Whitaker of Cataract, and Betty Voigt (Baby Betty) of Hatfield; and brother, Randy (Debbie) Abbott of Sparta; grandchildren, Stephan Abbott, Amber Abbott, Justin (Gabby) Abbott, Karyssa (Jack) Haldeman, and Trisha (Roman) Abbott-Matthews; great-grandchildren, Frankie Abbott, Max Abbott, William Gilbertson, Ronnie Haldeman, and Jackie Haldeman; and many nieces and nephews.

   Philip is preceded in death by his son, Kelly Abbott; parents, Philip Sr. and Dorothy “Lucille” Abbott; and many aunts and uncles.

   A Celebration of Life will be held in late August at Deerview in Hatfield (Merillan), WI.

   Online condolences may be offered at

   Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and Cremation, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home and Cremation