Walter Earl “Butch” Columber

March 17, 1946 ‒ December 16, 2018

Marion, Ohio

Walter Earl “Butch” Columber, who was loved by all, passed away peacefully at home Sunday, December 16. 2018.  He lived in Marion and was 72 years old.

Butch was born in Marion on March 17, 1946 to Howard F. and Nellie Mae (Lane) Columber and attended Marion Harding High School.  He worked for many years at Wright Storage and later retired from Circle T Logistic as a long distance driver in 2011.

Butch married Theresa Young on January 31, 1976 at The Prospect Street United Methodist Church after meeting “shooting the loop” downtown.  There two spent 42 years together, raising two children, traveling to 48 States, and always mowing the farm.

Butch was a master mechanic being able to fix anything and make his own parts.  He enjoyed spending time drag-racing and was the past president of the Marion Motorcycle Club.  In his spare time, he could often be found at the VFW 3313 where he was a life-long auxiliary member and volunteered with the Honor Guard.  He was also a member of The American Legion 162 SAL and MOCA 83. He was proud to be a Mason and obtain his Scottish Rite.

Butch will be missed by his mother, Nellie; wife, Theresa; sons, Donald H. (Jessica) Columber of Westerville and Edmund E. (Arianna Culp) of Marion, special adopted-son, Juan (Courtney) Thompson; grandchildren, Ashlea Columber, MacKenna Culp, and one on the way; brother, Michael E. (Lori Ann) Columber of Marion, nephew, Bryan (Ashley) Thompson, Aaron (Nicole) Miller and  Jeremy (Shannon) Young, and niece Lisa Stal.

Butch was preceded in death by his father, Howard.

A celebration of life will be held at the VFW Post 3313, 961 N. Main Street, Saturday, December 29, 2018  at 6 pm. Burial will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Butch’s honor to the VFW National Home for the Children or any charity which helps children.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Butch’s family.  Online condolences may be expressed by visiting

  • Butch was a great guy and a special friend…. He was always there if you needed help or a good friend. So many good times and memories from camping, our cruises and any other trouble we could get into. I hope he and Bill behave up there, God will surely have his hands full with those two together again. RIP Butch…..

  • Our prayers and thoughts are with you. I remember meeting him at your house, he acted like we were old friends such a likeable person. Take comfort in knowing he is at peace.God Bless

  • Feel so privileged to have met this wonderful man and lovely wife and family , may you enjoy your next peaceful journey my friend, love you and “Tex “” so much RIP…..,

  • Tex I’m so so sorry to hear about Butch, But like others I remember a happy guy who Glenn hung round with. Some of the great times we all had together I remember coming to the camp ground where you all were and what a great time. My last memory of him was when he showed up for Glenn’s viewing . I never got over how nice that as of him. So glad you have great memories, because that will be one thing that will get you through the time to come. I’m sure there is a lot of catching up with all the racers that have gone on. RIP my friend .Prayers for you and the family.

  • Tex sorry for you loss. To you and your family prayers. Butch was one hell of a good man. Always been my friend ever since I can remember. RIP Butch.

  • To the Columber family -Sorry for your loss— Great memories of the family go way back when I was young and his mom and my mom Donna Howe were friends

  • Good friends since we were kids !had more good times than I can count !He was a good man and will be missed by many !

  • Columber family, so sorry to hear of butch’s passing. He was a great neighbor. Just saw him at popcorn festival. Rest in peace.

  • Fun times at the VFW & in Florida. There is a hole that can’t be filled. We will miss you Butch. Tex, our heartfelt sympathy & prayers for peace & strength. Love you always. Cousins, Al & Pat

  • Tex, sending our condolences from Florida, I will always remember how he would laugh at my snort. Sending heart felt hugs our friend. Kenny and Sharon Dible

  • Jamie and I so sorry for your loss. I have known the both of you for some time now. He will be greatly missed by everyone that has crossed his path. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Tex, Donny, Eddie, Mom and Family
    We are So Sorry for Your Loss. My Family and Friends here in Virginia Loved Butch With all our Hearts he made us laugh and was Always Willing to help do Anything to help Anyone. He loved to travel and see our Great Country and He Truly Loved America and our Service Men and Women and His Family. I hope God provides Breakfeast and Pizza in Heavan for him.We will Miss the Wonderful times we shared with Him and Tex. He was TRULY “My Last Truck Driving Brother” and I know Someday We will be Together again telling stories and shifting gears. God Bless You all and Thanks for Sharing Butch With Us.

  • We will always cherrish the life and times we had with Butch from our early childhood to our senior years. His love for cars and trucks started with his first Pontiac, his only challenge was gas $$$. He waxed it so much the primer came back to life. He shot the loop so many times the police finally gave up knowing he was not gonna break any laws. He excelled and lead by good example for kindness and,respect which will for ever be remembered. Gods speed our friend snd gods speed to Tex , Nelie ,Mikie. The boys and all his family. Joe & Jeanie

  • Praying for you all. God’s peace and comfort overwhelm you today.
    Pastor Brent Heishman and your CenterPoint Church Family.