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LTC William  C. Butler, Jr.

Obituary for LTC William C. Butler, Jr.

November 11, 1935 - November 15, 2017
Austin, Texas | Age 82


The life of Bill Butler

Father: William C. Butler (Deceased)
Mother: Mary Catherine McGivney (Deceased)
Spouse: Juliette Butler
Sister: Anne Neely
Children: Kerry Scanlon (Step-Son), Austin
Children: Cindy Lou Moss (Step-Daughter, Deceased)
Children: Steve Ewing (Step-Son), Austin
Children: Sonny (Del) Ewing (Step-Son), Virginia
Children: Cliff Ewing (Step-Son), Bay City (Texas)
Children: Kevin Ewing (Step-Son), Austin (Deceased)

Bill was born and raised in a diverse community in Brooklyn, New York where he and his sister Anne learned Italian and Hebrew phrases from their cherished friends and neighbors. The family later moved to St. Petersburg, Florida in 1950, where Bill attended at St. Paul's Catholic High School. After his graduation, he attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he earned his bachelor's degree in building and construction. After graduating from the university, and completing the Air Force ROTC program, he received his commission in the United States Air Force, as a fighter pilot, in April 1958.

Bill's love of country, and the Air Force, was rooted deep in his heart and soul. He entered the Air Force on active duty and remained until his retirement in December 1982. Commissioned as a Lieutenant, Bill rose through the ranks to Lieutenant Colonel. His Air Force accomplishments are the legacy of a true American hero. Bill flew combat missions during the Vietnam war, facing the specter of death on every mission, but still being driven by patriotism and pride in his country. For his bravery and dedication, Bill was awarded some of the nation's highest military honors - the Distinguished Flying Cross with 3 oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal with 12 oak leave clusters, as well as the Meritorious Service Medal. The other medals he earned are too numerous to list, but they too serve as a testimony to his amazing skills as a fighter pilot and the patriotism of a real American hero. Love of country meant everything to him.

After family, Bill's other passion was caring for abandoned and abused animals. He had an uncanny ability to connect with the helpless creatures who were fortunate enough to come his way. With compassion, love, and commitment, Bill worked alongside his wife Juliette to rescue hundreds of stray and injured dogs and cats, for over 30 years. His furry companions and friends, Mutly (dog) and Mechanic (cat), remain with the family as reminders of Bill's devotion to the rescue programs in the Austin community.

Bill, with Juliette, enjoyed cruise ship adventures to Jamaica, Cozumel, and the Bahamas. He enjoyed attending the symphony and had a real appreciation for all things Texas. Bill loved to play golf and spoke often of how he felt in the early mornings, looking across the beautiful manicured greens of the golf courses, and playing through to the last hole. He was a huge UT sports fan and always looked forward to the NFL season every year. Bill loved all sports, but nothing topped a UT game.

Mere words cannot express how much we will miss you Bill, but we take comfort in how you touched each one of our hearts and gave us countless precious memories to carry with us. Your incredible adventures as a Strategic Bomber Pilot, Combat-Proven Fighter Pilot, and your demonstrated love of country were all worthy of emulation. You were a husband, a brother, a father, and a friend.

We will all miss you at La Madeleine in the mornings, but no one will ever forget you. Until we are together again, you hold our hearts and our love.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at Austin Memorial Park.

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Austin, TX 78705
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