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Walter Daniel Butler
October 15, 1928 – July 12, 2009

 

Stayton – On Sunday, July 12, our Dad and best friend went to live with the Lord. He died on his tractor doing what he loved best, helping his family.

Walt was born in Seattle, Washington to Ida (Pederson) and Walter Delbert Butler. The family moved to Salem. When Walt was 17 he joined the Army. After the service he met and married Pauline Kreft and they had three sons. Some of the jobs Walt had were in a sawmill at the coast, a cannery in Salem, and finally at the State Hospital working as a driver and in communications until his retirement. While working at the hospital he got to be in the movie “One Flew Over the cuckoo Nest.” He held Jack Nicholson down for the lobotomy.

Dad enjoyed his friends from work and after he retired he kept up with some of them at lunch every Thursday – for over 20 years!

He was known as Danny, Dan or Dad by family. For some reason he quit answering to those names (for some of us) so we discovered that if we called him “Walt,” he would snap to attention! He was also known as Colonel Walt because of his military execution of killing the lights when nobody was using them and ordering others to do the same.

Dad loved sight seeing and took volumes of pictures. His favorite way to travel was on his motorcycle with Mom and all their camping gear. They would take many road trips all over the USA and Canada. He also liked riding with is sons and friends. Recently he would pester Dave to retire so they could travel. One of his dreams was to have a trike and take a trip to Canada to his Mother’s family farm and area. His latest adventures were by RV and car around Oregon.

Dad loved to tease, he loved to talk, and he made friends wherever he went. He was a positive person. He laughed a lot but he also loved a friendly heated argument. He liked “discussing” politics and was quite the history buff on war. He watched hours of documentaries on WWII.

He loved his church family and tried very hard to be the best Christian man he knew how to be. He was very proud when he could ask a question in Bible study that would “stump” the pastor. He looked at teachings from a different angle that really made you think or have to research your own Bible. He was very tender hearted towards people and no stray cat ever went unfed or uncared for at his place.

Dad’s biggest hobby was helping people; he lived to be available if anyone needed his “expertise” as in demolition, wood working, farm chores, landscape maintenance or anything he could use his tractor for. He was our project manager. When he took on a job he was very focused on it until that job was completed. We counted on him a lot. He took care of all the loose ends and time consuming little things to set the stage for our endless bigger projects. He did so much and was such a valuable team member. The only reward he wanted was to be able to hang out  with us.

He very much missed Pauline, his wife of 55 years, who preceded him in death in 2005. They are together again.

Survivors include sons David (Jeannette), Roger, and Richard (Krys) 5 – grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bye Dad – We love and miss you!

Serving the family North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.

 


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