By: Elsie Sy-Niebar
*PRESIDENT TRUMP to IMMIGRANTS WHO DO NOT AGREE WITH AMERICAN RULES: ‘TAKE IT OR LEAVE If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.’ *GEORGE FLOYD, Enshrined to ‘Sainthood?’
*Out-of-Control Looting, Destroying and Disrespecting the Values of our Forefathers Make America Look ‘PATHETIC’ to other Nations Around the World. Quo Vadis, America?
*Families and Friends Mourn Over the Passing Away of Dr. Bejamin Butuyan, a COVID-19 Victim
WHERE DO I BEGIN? To write a short story of a long life well-lived of a friend with A BIG HEART– the late Dr. Benjamin Butuyan? A very humble human being, he was called by the Lord to “Come Home” last June 3, after fighting for 10 days the complicationS of COVID 19, at the Glenbrook Hospital, in Illinois.
Ben died at age 82 on June 3, 2020, leaving behind his grieving families, his wife for 54 years, Emmy, and four loving sons. According to eldest son Homer. “There will be no funeral services at this time. Dad wanted to be cremated, so we will honor his wishes. We will do a memorial service later at Faith Community Presbyterian Church, his church — when the time is right.”
Emmie, his beloved wife and mother of their four boys — Homer, Brian, Warren and Bradley, said: “Ben was a loving husband who enjoyed spending time together with me, going to bible study, traveling, dancing, singing, and a host of others. In many ways, he spoiled me. I will forever miss him. He will always be in my heart. I thank him for leaving me our four foving sons. Otherwise, I couldn’t imagine life without them.”
Eldest son, Homer, single, in his heartwarming tribute to his Dad, said: “Dad will be remembered as a loving husband and father who enjoyed spending time with his wife and family and always wanted to serve those in need. He was active in his church as well as in various Filipino community organizations. He will always be remembered for his kindness to others; his ability to tell jokes and make people laugh, and a person who would always walk the extra mile to help those in need.”
“My dad was a great provider, source of my strength, loving, caring, sweet, and always full of fun and laughter. I prayed and prayed that he would overcome this… if only to get a chance to see him again and spend even a little more time with him. I deeply grieve but comforted in the knowledge and assurance that he is now with our Lord and that I will see him again. I love him so dearly and will truly miss him. He will always be in my heart.”
Brian, married to Deborah, one daughter Leia Rae: “We will forever miss you, Dad … your warm smile, hugs, funny jokes, love and most especially, your special pinapaitan (a Filipino dish) you always cooked for me.”
Warren, married to Lynette; son Joshua and daughter Grace: “We will always remember our Dad as a loving father who always wanted to serve those in need. He will always be alive in our hearts.”
Bradley, married to Ely, sons Caleb, Noah and daughter, Sarah: We will miss Dad’s laughter, jokes and as ‘best chef in the world’ who loved to cook for us and his friends. We will carry forever his example of hard work and generosity. Rejoicing, will not suffer anymore now that he is with his Savior.”
The Rev. Edelmira Ibay Navarro, cousin and sister-in-law of Ben: “Right now, I recall this message from the Scripture: ” For everything there is a Season … a time to be born and a time to die.”
“At first, it’s hard to believe that one precious person to the Butuyans, the Navarros and the Anchetas families, is leaving, forever. As yet in our midst, we feel sad and lonely. To miss a bright smile and affectionate presence of such a friendly, caring and helpful person like Ben, who was gone…forever? Yet, it is true. Our beloved Ben is no longer with us. And never will be except in memory. We thank God for the memory of his warm love and affection, faithful devotion, friendship and fellowship we’ve shared. Ben is now in the Hands of the Lord where he belongs through Eternity.”
From the heart of this writer: “Ben? My brother-in-the- Lord, gone forever? The late Dr. Ben Butuyan was someone you can ask for help who will never say “no” in spite of some “impossibilities” on the way. He will find means to HELP. Behind the scenes, he was very generous and giving. As one of our Church Elders at FAITH COMMUNITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, he was one of the pillars always ever-ready and willing to extend his help and prayers. He never said “no” to me every time I asked him for a ride to church during Sundays or when we have church activities — and most importantly to drive me to my doctors’ appointments when my Caregiver couldn’t make it.
From Flor and Jerry Clarito, Community leaders and Ben’s TUESDAY CLUB buddies: “WE offer our deepest sympathy to Manang Emy and her family. We will always remember Doc Ben for his wit, wisdom, generosity and laughter. We usually asked for his words of wisdom to guide the actions we discuss at our Tuesday Club. Rest in Peace, Doc Ben.”
Who was the late Dr. Ben Butuyan? A brief history of Ben’s life: He was born in the town of Asingan, Pangasinan, to the late Mr. Roman and Mrs. Celedonia Butuyan. He went to college at Far Eastern University; took his pre-med in Silliman University in Dumaguete City; and finished his Medicine at the Southwestern University in Cebu City. Dr. Ben Butuyan practiced medicine in the Philippines, including at Silliman University Hospital in Dumaguete City before migrating to Chicago with his family.
Being unable to practice medicine in America due to “licensing requirements,” Doc Ben, at one time told me: “I missed my practice and especially my patients from the barrios of Dumaguete City who brought me fresh vegetables, fish and other seafoods, live chickens, in exchange of my medical service with free medicine samples giveaways,” capped by his usual laughter but tainted with sadness. “If it were not for my children’s better future in America, I would love to go back to Dumaguete.”
Ben was survived by his living siblings : Fe Butuyan Sapigao, Ester Butuyan Mina, David Butuyan and Ulysses Butuyan. You will be missed, our dear Brother.
PRESIDENT TRUMP to IMMIGRANTS WHO DO NOT AGREE WITH AMERICAN RULES: ‘TAKE IT OR LEAVE: Do you agree with what President Donald Trump said? “Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of AMERICA, as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks. Separately, TRUMP angered some American Muslims by saying he supported spy agencies monitoring the nation’s mosques.
He was quoted as saying: “IMMIGRANTS, NOT AMERICANS, MUST ADAPT… Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individuals or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Americans. This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom. ‘We speak ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, learn the language! ‘Most Americans believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.’ ‘We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.
This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great AMERICAN freedom, ‘THE RIGHT TO LEAVE’. ‘If you aren’t happy here then LEAVE’. We didn’t force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country that accepted you. NOTE: IF we circulate this amongst ourselves, WE will find the courage to start speaking and voicing the same truths. If you agree, please SEND THIS ON and ON, to as many people as you know….and for those who disagree move to a third world country and live there. GOD BLESS AMERICA! LAND THAT WE LOVE!
Our beloved Brother-in-the-Lord, the late Dr. Ben Butuyan who succumb to the covid 19 last June 3, 2020, shown with his beloved wife, Emmie Navarro Butuyan. (Photo courtesy of Sally Neubauer)