Butler, Ralph III

Written by David Green.

Ralph O. Butler III, 89, of St. Clair Township, died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006, in Port Huron Hospital after a brief illness.

He was born Jan. 24, 1917, in Galesburg, Ill., to the late Ralph O. and Nellie (Robb) Butler II. He married Alice Mae Rankin on July 4, 1942, in Hampton, Iowa.

Mr. Butler graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor of science in dairy industry. He owned and operated the Marysville Dairy, delivering milk to area schools and producing quality ice cream. He retired from Wesley’s Quaker Maid, Inc. of Detroit.

He was active in Boy Scouting for more than 60 years, earning Eagle Scout, serving as Scoutmaster of Troop #16 in Marysville and Troop #50 in St. Clair and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award. He was selected district delegate Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America Golden Jubilee Jamboree in Colorado Springs in 1960.

Mr. Butler was a lifetime Rotarian, a charter member of Marysville Rotary, past president of St. Clair Rotary and a two-time Paul Harris Fellow. Education was a priority in his life and he was proud that all of his seven children had earned masters degrees or beyond, with his support and encouragement.

He was a long-time member of Marysville United Methodist Church, serving as youth director, and was active in the morning men’s fellowship.

Mr. Butler is survived by his wife of 64 years, Alice; four sons, Ralph O. (andElizabeth Hall) Butler IV of Centerville, Ohio, Cdr. Arthur R. (and Carolyn Fordham) Butler USCG (ret) of Plymouth, Brinton L. (and Rosalyn Sampeer) Butler of Commerce Township, and Cdr. George E. (and Teresa Siemen) Butler USCG (ret) of Mililani, Hawaii; three daughters, Barbara (and Jack) Lansing of Lansing, Beverly (and Glenn) Davis of Smiths Creek and Lorraine (and the Rev. Craig) Pillow of Clayton; 16 grandchildren, Aileen (and John) Burke, Ralph O. Butler V, Alicia M. Butler, Amy (and Kenneth) Berry, Jill (and Curtis) Hahn, Jack (and Kelly) Lansing, William Lansing, Capt. Kristin (and Lt. Jonathan) McCall, Megan (and Capt. Justin) Schlanser, Todd Butler, Mark Butler, Wesley Pillow, Vance Pillow, Nathan Butler, Mathew Butler and Andrew Butler; seven great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Mrs. J.W. (Dorothy) Helscher of Washington, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by four brothers and a sister.

Funeral services were Nov. 6 at Marysville United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Barbara E. Welbaum officiating. Burial was in Morgan Cemetery in Dows, Iowa. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Blue Water Council B.S.A. for Wood Badge Scholarships, Rotary Foundation or Marysville United Methodist Church.

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