William Butterhof ran his family’s farm supply store for close to 60 years. He was even town mayor for a time.

The name Butterhof is synonymous with Egg Harbor City. Anyone who lives there, or drives the White Horse Pike regularly, knows Butterhof's Farm & Home Supply, which during the Halloween season has become a stop for lovers of corn mazes and hayrides.  It's loved by locals for being family owned and operated.

Affectionately called 'Bill' by family, friends, and faithful customers, William Butterhof passed away on December 22 of natural causes, reports Press of Atlantic City. He was 86.

Bill was born on his family's farm in 1932. The farm dates back to the 1850's, first as a winery, and then as a produce stand after the Prohibition Era.

He began a career as a local politician in the early 1960's, and by 1966 was named Egg Harbor City mayor.

Funeral services will take place at Wimberg Funeral Home in Egg Harbor City on Thursday, January 3 and Friday, January 4.

SOURCES: Press of Atlantic City; Wimberg Funeral Home