Robert Butler


Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Juneau resident Robert Thomas Butler, 51, died April 14, 2006, on Good Friday in Juneau from heart failure.

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He was born on Nov. 8, 1954, in Fort Myers, Fla. He had lived in Alaska for 24 years.

He was the director of Gastineau Human Services. He worked for Lyle's furniture when he first moved to Juneau in 1982, before he began working for the Department of Corrections, and then Gastineau Human Services.

According to his family, he spent many hours on the waters of Southeast Alaska in his favorite pastime of fishing with his friends and family.

They said, "He always remarked that his three greatest accomplishments in his life were his children, Robbie, Matthew and Bethany. Rob was a loving husband and father and had many friends and family members who loved and respected him."

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1973 to 1977, in various locations including Spain, Lebanon and Italy, as well as Camp LeJeune and Cherry Point, N.C.

He was preceded in death by his father, Fred Butler; and mother, Viola Holzhauer.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon; sons, Matthew of Juneau and Robert (Laura) Butler of Bradenton, Fla.; daugher, Bethany of Juneau; sisters, Tonia (Ron) Wilson of Fort Myers, and Tammy (Wayne) Bortz of Tennessee; brother, Mike (Mindy) Butler of Michigan; stepmother, Brenda (Malcolm) Biggar of Fort Myers; nephew, Rick Fauquet of Florida; and many uncles, aunts and cousins in Florida.

Viewing will be at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, with services immediately following at 5:30 p.m. at the First Church of God, located at 2215 Ka-See-An Drive. There will be a reception after the services for friends and family. Graveside services will be at the Alaska Memorial Park at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 21.

Pallbearers will be U.S. Marine Corp Honor Guard members.

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