Former state Rep. Willie “Butch” Borchert of Camden, who served in the state General Assembly for eight years, died Monday at age 82.
Borchert represented the 75th District, which includes Henry, Benton and Stewart counties, beginning in 2002. He won the seat after longtime Rep. Don Ridgeway, D-Paris, chose not to run for re-election.
A Democrat, he served four two-year terms in the House before losing to Republican Tim Wirgau in 2010.
Borchert was also well-known as owner of The Catfish Place restaurant, which had locations in Camden and McKenzie.
One of 14 brothers and sisters, Borchert grew up on a farm, and graduated from Holladay High School.
He became a pipefitter, which is the trade he used to support his family for years.
He married his wife Christine in 1958 and they had one son, Tim. Because of the nature of Borchert’s work, he and his family had to travel all across Tennessee and the rest of the country. They did this for several years until finally settling down in Camden and starting The Catfish Place. They owned and operated the restaurants for more than 17 years and had more than 60 employees. They sold the restaurants in 1995.
The Borcherts also owned and operated the Borchert Fish Market for several years.
Borchert’s funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Stockdale-Malin Funeral Home in Camden, with Leonard Greer officiating. Burial will follow in Camden.