James “Jim” E. Butler

February 13, 1947 ‒ March 05, 2018

Marion, Ohio

James (Jim) E. Butler, 71, died at 5:34 AM on Monday, March 5, 2018 in his home in Marion, Ohio, surrounded by family.

Jim was born February 13, 1947, in Lima, Ohio, to the late Russell E. Butler (Betty Newland) and Anna J. Davis (Onie Davis). Grandparents who loved and raised him were Doyt and Clara Belle Butler.

Jim married Phyllis (Meeks) Butler on November 4, 1978, and for 39 years they have walked hand-in-hand together.

He is survived by five children: Brian (Melinda) Butler, Marion, OH; Lena Butler Smith, Pickerington, OH; Angela Conine, Marion, OH; Michelle Butler, Columbus, OH; Philip (Jessica) Butler, Leesburg, IN; eleven grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, brother Bob (Nancy) Butler, Lima, OH, brother Mark (Vickie) Butler, Waynesfield, OH, and sister, Virginia Johnson, Gomer, OH.

He was preceded in death by granddaughter Caitlin Butler and great grandson Jayvin Coleman.

Jim graduated from Lima Senior High school in 1965 and then attended Salem College in Salem, West Virginia. After attending college he worked for Neon Products and then later moved into a career in finance. Over the course of his career he worked for different financial institutions including 19 years at Ford Motor Credit Company and he retired from The Ohio State Bank in 2011. He took pride in his work and was one of the best collection managers in the state of Ohio.

A sports enthusiast, he played football, baseball and basketball growing up and went to college with a basketball scholarship. As an adult, Jim played volleyball for a city league in Lima and even won the championship one year. He also played softball for the church league and then played for the 50 & over and 60 & over leagues in Marion.

He was a member of the Mt Vernon Avenue Church of Christ and rededicated his life to the Lord on Christmas of 2016.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at the Mount Vernon Avenue Church of Christ, 947 Mt Vernon Ave, Marion, OH 43302. The funeral service will begin at 10:00 AM on Thursday at the church. Minister Jeff Bush will officiate.

Interment will be at Lewis Grove Cemetery, 4950 N Thayer Rd, Lima, OH 45807 at 2:30 PM on Thursday, March 8, 2018. All are welcome to attend.

Memorial contributions can be made in Jim’s honor to the family, MVA Church of Christ or Voice of Hope Pregnancy Center, 217 W. Center St., Marion, OH 43302.

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Butler family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • We are very sorry for your loss. We understand the struggle your entire family has experienced. We consider Michelle part of our family and hold all of you in prayer and loving thoughts.

  • To the Butler family
    So sorry to hear of the passing of Jim. Prayers and thoughts are
    with all of you during this difficult time.

  • Virginia and kids, I’m so sorry to hear your bother (and uncle) Jim has passed away. My love to you.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. It is hard to part with those we love, but we have the assurance that we will be together again.

  • Bob and Family:

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Hugs too.

  • I am so sorry for the loss of Jim, but so happy he is healed. I absolutely loved working and golfing with him and will cherish those memories.

  • I’m sorry for your loss. I worked with Jim at the Ohio State Bank for many years. He always had a joke or a story to tell . I pray that God blesses each of Jim’s family and friends wirh a peace that passes all understanding, comfort for his loss, and the strength to get through the next few weeks.

  • Jeff and I are so sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Our daughter enjoyed the babysitting years at the Butker home and we are greatful for the many years of friendship. God bless you all.

  • Our hearts go out to the Butler family. We will be unable to attend the service but our thoughts and prayers will be with you.

  • So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. May God’s blessings be with you and your family.

  • I know Jim will be missed by the entire Butler family. Even though I haven’t seen Jim recently, when I see Bob, I think of Jim. We had some great times as young men. I’ll miss you. Pat Beall

  • Phyllis and family.
    Sorry about ur loss. I know he’ll be missed but we got another angel in heaven.

  • Our deepest sympathy to the entire family. Losing a husband, father, uncle and brother is heartbreaking. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    • Thank you. Jim had lots of issues and he fought hard. We were at Cleveland Clinic for 3 months until they said they could do no more. Glad I saw your message as I wondered if you were notified.
      L Phyllis and family

  • Mark ,Bob and Virginia So sorry to hear about Jim . I had a great time growing up next door to all of you . I remember shooting hoops with Jim and the fun we had playing basketball in your driveway as kids . So sorry for your loss .