Gary Lee Butler, 55, of Parkersburg, passed away Aug. 6, 2012, at his residence under the loving care of his family and Hospice.
He was born May 25, 1957, in Manhattan, Kan., a son of Clyde Robert (Bob) Butler of Belpre, Ohio, and the late Laretha Ann Wise Butler.
He was a member and past Recording Secretary of Iron Workers Local 787, member of Painters Local 1144, owner of Butler Rentals and former owner of Rembrandt Painting in Marietta, Ohio. He was a member of Faith Gospel Church, FOE Lodge 2307, past member and president of the Parkersburg Area Labor Council and former board member of The Salvation Army, where he was currently a Member at Large. Through his association with the unions he was able to get volunteer help with projects at the Salvation Army and also volunteered during the holiday season to serve and deliver Thanksgiving meals and help with the kettle drive. He had a passion for the union and the labor movement and was involved with local politics.
In addition to his father, he is survived by his loving wife, Mary Louise Butler; sons, Shawn (Missy) Butler of Belpre, Ohio, Mark (Tina) Butler of Chesterhill, Ohio, Jason Hatcher of Parkersburg and Jeremy (Valerie) Hatcher of Sandyville; daughter, Brenna (Eric) Sams of Washington, W.Va.; brother, Jon (Sue) Butler of Shreveport, La.; sister, Donna Venham (French Parsons) of Mineral Wells; niece, Goldie (Rob) Noland of Parkersburg; nephew, Ryan Chandler of Mineral Wells; aunt, Mary Wise of Belpre, Ohio; mother-in-law, Thelma (Marge) Merville and special caregiver and brother-in-law, Mike Merville, both of Washington, W.Va.; sisters-in-law, Diana (Ken) Winters of Wadesville and Christie (Fritz) Lindauer of Parkersburg; grandchildren, Connor Sams, Brylee, Sydney, Adam and Gracie Hatcher and Cole, Ryan, Kayleigh and Kyleigh Butler; and several beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Goldi and Emery Wise; paternal grandparents, Goldie and Irvin Butler; and several aunts and uncles.
A service to celebrate his life will be held Friday at Faith Gospel Church, Lost Pavement Road, Parkersburg, with visitation beginning at 5 p.m. and service at 6 p.m. Pastors Jason Stutler and Jason Poling will officiate.
The family has requested that donations be made to the Salvation Army, Parkersburg, or the homeless project at Faith Gospel Church, Parkersburg.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.leavittfuneralhome.com