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Obituary: Butler, Lloyd M.

Age 88

BUTLER, Lloyd M. (Age 88) On January 5, 2013, Lloyd passed away peacefully at Life Care Center of Ritzville. A loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, he spent his final moments surrounded by his devoted family. Lloyd was born to William and Anna Butler in Lind, WA on April 11, 1924. He lived his entire life in Lind and was beloved in the community. During World War II, Lloyd joined the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey and was stationed near Adak, AK. In the fall of 1946, he met the love of his life, Elnora Jane Vold. They were married June 8, 1947 and celebrated nearly 55 years of marriage when Elnora passed away in 2002 after a battle with cancer. Lloyd owned Slim’s Electric and worked as an appliance and television repairman, bringing the first TV to Lind. He bought the Husky Oil Plant in 1968 and ran the oil and service station for many years. Lloyd served 17 years on the Lind Town Council, as a council member and later as mayor. Throughout all of those years, Lloyd was driving school bus for the Lind School District. He retired in August 1999 after 52 years of service. Over the years, he logged at least one million miles, driving generations of families from Lind to and from the schools. He was an amazing story teller who lived life to the fullest. He had an outrageous sense of humor, enjoyed telling a good joke and hearing one. He taught all of the family by example that working hard didn’t mean you couldn’t have fun. He liked a good laugh and he treasured his time with friends in Lind. Whether it was spending Sunday afternoons at the gun club, riding the rails with his buddies on the defunct Burlington-Northern railroad tracks or rolling dice to see who had to pick up the coffee tab at the Golden Grain CafÄ‚Ĺ , Lloyd loved life - and he lived it every single day of his 88 years. He will be deeply missed by all of us who knew and laughed with him. Lloyd was preceded in death by his loving wife, Elnora, his sister Edith Weston and his parents, William O. and Anna Butler. He is survived by his daughters, Iris Hill (Rod) of Cheney and Violet Holland (Don Klemmer) of Lind, four grandchildren, Jeff Holland of Ritzville, Julie Holland of Spokane, Melani Schorr of Cheney and Melissa Switalski (Rick) of Nine Mile Falls, and eight great-grandchildren: Tanner, Jarod, Casey, Kaelie, Grace, Jake, Isabella and Graysen. The family would like to thank the staff of the Life Care Center of Ritzville for loving Lloyd and taking such great care of him during his final 15 months. A celebration of Lloyd’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at DANEKAS FUNERAL HOME, 207 E. Main Ave., in Ritzville. Inurnment will follow in the spring at the Parker Family Cemetery in Bonners Ferry, ID.


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