He farmed for 15 years then began carpenter work for 30 years. He built and remodeled many homes in the surrounding area. He also had numerous other vocations of restaurant and antique store owner, landlord, and rancher. He worked with his church and community and was honored as Wolfe City Chamber Member of the Year. He was a member of the American Legion for 74 years.
He was a WWII veteran where he was awarded two purple hearts, the Bronze Star and numerous other medals. He landed on Normandy Beach 3 days after D-Day. For 18 months he and his company fought their way across France to the Huertgen Forest battle; where in his company alone, 480 men were cut off for 3 days and nights. He was one of the 16 that survived. Out of those 16 all had frozen feet except one. From there he proceeded to the Rhine River and the war ended soon after. He made 3 trips to England for injuries; the third stemming from frozen feet. He also suffered many wounds from gun shots and shrapnel.
He is survived by daughters Sherry Parten (John), Deanna Clark (Randy); one son, Dr Randy Butler (Wanda); 5 grandchildren, William Butler (Emily), Tyson Clark, Weston Butler (Stormi), Ryan Clark (Michelle), and Jennifer Russell (William); 6 great grandchildren, Eva Butler, Bliss Butler, Ezra Butler, Camdyn Clark, Easton Butler, and Alicia Clark; and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, his 6 siblings and his loving wife Ardina Butler.
Visitation will be Tuesday, May 18, 2021 from 6 PM to 8 PM. His funeral service will be Wednesday May 19, 2021 at 1:30 PM at R W Owens Funeral Home in Wolfe City, TX. Burial will follow at Mt Carmel Cemetery.
The service will be conducted by William Butler and Mark Eldridge. Pallbearers will be Marlon Madrigal, Pat Painter, Aaron Deary, Daniel Turner, Jim Ainsworth, and Scott Holey.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Tommy Deary, Mike Johnston, and Tommy Caldwell.
We request that attendees practice appropriate protocol for health issues. The family wishes to express their gratitude and heart felt thanks to nurses and providers at Heart to Heart Hospice, Wesley House and Hopkins Place for their kindness and loving care. Also, a special thanks to Morresa Bain for the special care and loving services she provided.