Butch Callery

January 26, 1941 - April 14, 2024

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Butch Callery, 83, of Villa Hills, KY, passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2024. He was a member of Holy Cross Parish in Covington (Latonia), KY. Butch was the longest-serving elected official in Covington, KY, serving as City Commissioner for 21 years and Mayor for 8 years. He also served as Mayor of Villa Hills, KY for 4 years and was the Elected Official of the Year by Kentucky League of Cities in 2017. Butch was a member of the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame and long-time coach and sponsor of local baseball and softball teams. He was preceded in death by his wife: Joyce M. Brink Callery and sister: Sandra (surviving spouse: Gary) Schanding. Butch is survived by his children: Cindy (Jon) Smith, Craig Callery, Chad Callery and Chris "Walt" Callery; siblings: Brenda Culyer and Rick Robinson; grandchildren: Colton, Cortney (Joey), Connor, Carlie (Clint), Benjamin, Lucy, MaKenzie and Harper; great-grandchildren: Reece, Reagan, Rhett, Riley, Maddie and Wesley. Survivors also include many nieces and nephews. Visitation will take place on Thursday, April 18, 2024 from 4:00 PM until the Eulogy at 5:50 PM, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 6:00 PM at Holy Cross Church, 3612 Church Street, Covington (Latonia), KY 41015. Interment and Committal Service will take place on Friday, April 19, 2024 at 10:00 AM at Mother of God Cemetery, 3125 Madison Avenue, Fort Wright, KY 41015. Memorials are suggested to: St. Walburg Monastery, 2500 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills, KY 41017 ( https://www.stwalburg.org/support-us/ ). Connley Brothers Funeral Home, Covington (Latonia), KY 41015 is serving the family. Online condolences may be expressed on Facebook or at www.connleybrothersfuneralhome.com


Thomas Schneider - Apr 19, 2024
There is definitely a special place reserved for Butch. A great guy who had a great run in the communities he served, the sports he played, and the exemplary life he lived.
Pamella - Apr 19, 2024
Dear Butch, It is with a heavy heart that I write this note to bid you farewell. Your passing has left a void in our lives that will never be filled. You were not just a friend; you were family. Your warmth and generosity always made me feel welcome, respected, and embraced. Your mischievous fun smile would light up any room, and your caring and thoughtful nature touched the hearts of everyone around you. I admired the love and pride you had for your family, and it was evident in every action you took. Your gratitude and open-mindedness, free from judgment, were qualities that inspired me. You were a true gentleman, ahead of your time, embodying a modern approach to decision-making and treating others with respect and dignity. Your dedication to serving people and your unwavering commitment to making the world a better place were truly remarkable. You represented the epitome of kindness, honesty, and realism, qualities that are rare to find in today's world. I will forever cherish the sense of belonging and kindness you brought into my life. I will miss our conversations and the stories you shared, especially the ones about the blankets and wines you received as gifts due to your generous donations for a good cause. And I'll never forget the time you selflessly gave me your sweater when I was cold, a small gesture that spoke volumes about the kind of person you were. Though you may no longer be with us in body, your spirit will live on in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to know you. Rest in peace, dear friend. You will be deeply missed. With love and fond memories, Pamella Tasayco
Steve and Lori Knauf - Apr 18, 2024
Dear Callery Family, we are so sorry for your loss. Mayor Callery was a great public servant, but more importantly he was a gracious and wonderful person. RIP Butch, the champion of Latonia.
Janet Bucher CDP Our Savior Church - Apr 18, 2024
Sorry to hear of the death of Butch. He was a great asset to Covington. He and the family are in our thoughts and prayers. May our loving , gentle God touch you with consolations and peace. Sister Janet Bucher CDP
Joseph Noll - Apr 16, 2024
To the Callery Family, Butch was a true Covington ambassador. Everyone who encountered him, whether it be professionally or personally always knew where you stood with him. Sincere condolences to the entire Callery family. Pat, Joseph, John and Ludwig Noll
Sherry Jahnke - Apr 15, 2024
So sorry to hear of the passing of Butch Callery. I spent my teaching career at 9th District Elementary in Covington, and we were blessed to have Butch and the city of Covington as our business partners. He would do anything for our students, and was so supportive of the staff as well. One of my favorite memories was when we were celebrating improved state test scores-Butch had to sit and receive whipped cream pies in the face from nearly half the students. (And his sweet wife was there happily preparing the pies) Such a kind and caring couple-and great additions to the City of Covington. You will be missed...
Diane Sinclair - Apr 15, 2024
You may not always get the answer you wanted, but you got what was best for the majority. Such a good man. Will remember many great times with him and Joyce. Rest in peace and love to his family
Jeffrey A. Snyder - Apr 15, 2024
Butch was brought up with the best in Covington. Without him Covington would not be what it is today. We not always got along but we agreed to disagree. He was a great man. My condolences to his family.

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