|Birth: ||Aug. 15, 1923|
|Death: ||Aug. 2, 2009|
PLEASANT PLAINS - Robert L. Butcher of Pleasant Plains passed away Aug. 2, 2009, in Phoenix.
He was born Aug. 15, 1923, in Wilkensburg, PA, the son of Charles A. and Lucia G. Butcher.
He was a pilot in the U.S. Navy during World War II, participating in the Pacific campaigns aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Ticonderoga, squadron VBF 87. His military career continued in the Naval Reserve as a lieutenant commander until 1959. Following completion of his war duty, Bob attended and graduated from Iowa State University.
Bob's long career included management of a branch office for Refco futures; owner of and grain dealer for H & B Specialties, a grain exporter; a commodity trader with Plains Commodities and a participant in the acquisition and growth of the Town and Country Bank, Springfield, IL. His love of flying continued throughout his life as he piloted various aircraft for government figures, executives and for his family.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his two sisters, Barbara Kennedy Sayer and Donna Lou Hardingham; his first wife, Sally Witty Butcher; and his second wife, Kate McClelland Butcher.
Surviving are his children, Robert W. Butcher, Richard Butcher, Diane Clemmons and Paul O'Berry; seven grandchildren; and four stepchildren and their children.
A service of remembrance will be held at the Bethel Cemetery in Pleasant Plains, Illinois, followed by a gathering of family and friends on Sept. 12, 2009, at 412 Clay Street in Pleasant Plains at 1 p.m.
Those who wish to remember Bob in a special way may make gifts in his memory to the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation in honor of Robert Butcher. All checks may be made payable to NAMF at 1750 Radford Blvd, Suite B, NAS Pensacola, FL 32508.
Published in The State Journal-Register on 8/5/2009
Sally Witty Butcher (1923 - 1971)*
Kate Seaman Butcher (1928 - 2003)*
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Originally Created by: Lillie Riney
Record added: Aug 08, 2009
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