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Obituary: Raymond Butler, Columbus

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Raymond H. Butler, 83 of Columbus, IN. died at 3:25 pm Thursday, February 13, 2014 at his home.

Mr. Butler was born May 23, 1930, in Columbus, the son of the late Raymond R. and Myra K. Hedrick Butler. He married Thelma J. Simmons December 31, 1953 in Hope. She survives.

Mr. Butler had owned and operated Butler Vending and was the former owner of  Northern Paint Supply and Nichols Body Company.

He was a lifelong resident of Columbus and was a summer resident of Lake Wawasee since 1974. He enjoyed boating and working on wooden boats.

Mr. Butler was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Columbus Elks Lodge.

The funeral service celebrating the life of Mr. Butler will be conducted at 11 am. Monday, February 17, 2014 at Hathaway-Myers Chapel on Pearl St. with Rev. Chris Lantz officiating. Calling hours will be from 2 to  6 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. until time of service  Monday. Burial will be in Garland Brook Cemetery.

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Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to Wawasee Area Conservancy Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 548, Syracuse, IN. 46567 or to the American Cancer Society.

Along with his wife of 60 years, Mr. Butler is survived by a daughter, Kathy J. (Don) Estepp of Carmel; a son, Raymond C. (Janie) Butler of Columbus; three grandsons, Raymond S. (Crystal) Butler of Columbus,  Harrison Estepp of Plainfield, IL. and Jacob Estepp of Carmel; a granddaughter, Katie (Mark) Fabis of Sydney, Australia; and two great-grandsons, Lincoln Fabis of Sydney, Australia and Raymond J. Butler of Columbus.

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