James A. Butler

April 23, 1924 ‒ June 03, 2007

Sparta, Ohio

James A. Butler, age 83, of Sparta, died unexpectedly on Sunday evening, June 3, 2007, at the Ohio State University Medical Center.

He was born in Sparta, Ohio, on April 23, 1924, the son of the late John and Imogene “Gene” (Roach) Butler. James graduated from Sparta High School in the Class of 1942.

On January 25, 1943, James was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served in the 10th Mountain Division, stationed in Italy, and fought in the Battles of the Northern Appennines and Po Valley during World War II. He earned the rank of sergeant, two bronze stars and numerous other ribbons, though he never wanted to speak of his accomplishments or experiences.

On a short leave from the service, James married his loving wife of 63 years, Ruth Evelyn (Duston) Butler, on March 16, 1944. Together they built the residence they still live in over 60 years ago in Sparta, where James has been a lifelong resident. They shared a love of dancing, camping and traveling.

James worked as an electronic technician at the Cooper Energy Service Group in Mount Vernon for 12 years, until he retired in 1988. Before his time at Cooper, James owned and operated Jim’s TV, where he sold anything from televisions, and appliances to cb radios, and repaired anything out of commission.

James was a member of the Sparta Advent Christian Church and taught Sunday School at the Sparta United Methodist Church. He was a life member of the V.F.W. Post 4027 in Mt. Vernon, the American Legion Post # 710, and was an AmVets member at large. He was a 32 degree member of both the F & A.M. Chester Lodge # 238 and the Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus Evelyn Chapter # 146. He also was a charter member of the Highland Lion’s Club.

Fixing cars was his favorite pastime, working on many Ford Mustangs, and always wanting to fix his 1930 Chevrolet Coupe.

A quiet and endearing man, James will be remembered as “a very loving husband and father.”

Including his wife, James will be missed by his daughter: Peggy (Gary) Jennings of Mount Gilead; two grandchildren: Stacey (Chuck) Treisch, and Leaha Nichols; three great-grandchildren: Nicholas & Bryce Treisch, and Zoey Nichols; and one sister: June Bender of Marion.

Graveside inurnment services with military honors provided by the Mount Vernon Joint Veterans Council on Friday, June 8, at 11:00 a.m. at Bloomfield Cemetery in Sparta, with Pastor Larry Carnes and Carl Hankins officiating.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P. O. Box 163549, Columbus, Ohio 43216, or to the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio, 3380 Tremont Road, Columbus, Ohio 43221.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.