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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Bye Dad – We love
and miss you!
Serving the family North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.