John E. Butler, Jr.
December 10, 1944 ‒ September 29, 2017
LEXINGTON: J.R.R. Tolkien once said,”I’d rather spend one lifetime with you than face all of the ages of this world alone.” This is how John Butler felt about his family. A family-man, John was tenderhearted, selfless, and enjoyed a vibrant life. John E. Butler, Jr. passed away, Friday September 29, 2017 in OhioHealth Hospital Mansfield following a brief illness. He was 72.
The son of John E. Butler Sr. and Norma E. (Stallard) Butler, John was born in Grayson, Kentucky December 10, 1944. He graduated from Lexington High School in 1963. John continued his education at Olivet Nazarene College where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. He later took courses to receive his teaching certification. During a church function at college he met Judi Smith. The two began dating and were married August 17, 1968 in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. In 1979, John later earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Ashland University.
For 32 years he taught 5th grade at Lexington, retiring in 1999. Making a difference in the lives of his students, he opened the world of science fiction to his 5th graders. Often incorporating books such as J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, John encouraged his students to dream and explore. John loved to read, especially science fiction novels. His passion for reading was nearly surpassed by his love of electronics. John absolutely had to have the next great gadget.
Following his retirement as a teacher, John began working for the Richland County Public Library where he taught in the computer lab.
John was a member of Lexington Church of the Cross, past president of the Kiwanis Club, Board of Elections, member of the OSU Alumni Club, and proudly served on the Democratic National Committee.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Judi Butler of Lexington; daughter Staci Brown (Mike Daniels) of Mansfield; granddaughter Aleksei Butler of Lexington; great granddaughters Kendall and Willow; sister Susan (David) McClenathan of Butler; step mother Pauline Butler of Mansfield; four nephews and one niece; as well as cousins, great nieces and nephews and extended family.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his granddaughter Jessika Brown.
John’s family will receive friends Wednesday, October 4, 2017 from 4-7pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where his funeral service will be Thursday at 11am. Pastor Glenn Hamilton will officiate.
Memorial contributions to the COTC Snack Sack Ministry (Please make checks payable to Church of the Cross) may be made through the funeral home.
Online condolences to John’s family may be made by visiting:SnyderFuneralHomes.com