William Abe Butler, age 81, passed away on September 23, 2017.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from the Rudder Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in the Union Cemetery.
Mr. Butler is survived by his wife, Jo Spears Butler; son, William Troy “Bill” (Jeri) Butler; daughter, Kay Butler (Randal) Ratzlaff; granddaughter, Kaylee Butler (Aaron) Self; grandson, William John-Christian (Morgan) Butler; granddaughter, Hannah Kate Ratzlaff; grandson, William Brenner Ratzlaff; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, lots of lifelong friends; and his little dog, Suzy.
Mr. Butler was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert and Bertha Elkins Butler; siblings, Nolan Butler, Zora Butler Kennamer, Opal Butler Hammer, Colleen Butler Woodall; and precious furry companion, Abigail.
Mr. Butler was a 1955 graduate of Woodville High School. He married his wife, the love of his life, Jo Spears in February, 1958. He was employed for several years with Liberty National Life Insurance. In 1971 he changed careers and began working for Arch Coal Company, later becoming the Superintendant of Operations. William and Jo raised their children,  Bill and Kaye, in Stevenson for 22 years where he was an active member of the community and served in several civic organizations.


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