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William Russell Butler
Birth: Jul. 5, 1921
Fergus Falls
Otter Tail County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Feb. 24, 2004
El Cajon
San Diego County
California, USA

Bill moved to San Diego in 1941 and went to work at Consolidated Aircraft. With the advent of World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and served as a Seaman 2nd Class. Known as the "Singing Sailor," he sang at UFO Shows with the Horace Heidt and Lawrence Welk orchesras. After the war, he returned to San Diego to pursue sports, a degree in education and start a family. He went on to earn a Bachelor's degree, a Master's degree and had long successful career as a teacher in the San Diego School District. He retired from education in 1979 and was a distinguished figure in his community. An avid sportsman, he kept active playing badminton until 1984, winning honors in Class B competitions at the Balboa Park Activity Center. He also remained passionate for music, singing Irish music at many local events and hosted the "Irish Music Hall" show on KMJC radio into the early 1980s. He is survived my his wife of 58 years Esther, daughter Margie, sons Bill Jr., Jack, Tony, Ian, Pete, 12 grandchildren and one great-grandson. Cause of death heart failure at age 82.  
Family links: 
  Richard Henry Butler (1872 - 1946)
  Albertina Swanson Butler (1885 - 1958)
  Mary Margaret Butler (1958 - 1958)*
  Richard Lincoln Butler (1917 - 1995)*
  Robert Henry Butler (1919 - 1997)*
  William Russell Butler (1921 - 2004)
*Calculated relationship
Seaman 2C
US Navy
World War II
Jul 5 1921
Feb 24 2004

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA
Maintained by: Judy Butler Mitchell
Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: Nov 28, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16818287
William Russell Butler
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William Russell Butler
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William Russell Butler
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God Bless. The Butler Families
- Judy Butler Mitchell
 Added: Dec. 25, 2012

- Sharon
 Added: Jun. 1, 2009
In loving memory.
- Nellie Cleo Swearingen Sparrow
 Added: May. 27, 2008
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