Originally Published: October 1, 2009 10:05 p.m.
LeMauris (Le) Butler passed away peacefully in Mesa, Ariz., on Sept. 29, 2009. He was born Aug. 16, 1922, in Ponca City, Okla., to William L. Butler and Clara F. Wooten.
Le grew up in the rural community of Enid, Okla. He met his future wife Jeanne Williams at a dance at Tinker Field during WWII. They married in Boston on Sept. 7, 1946, and were happily married for 62 years. He pursued his love of flying and flew as an airline pilot for T.W.A. for 37 years. Le was a solid citizen and a Mason who believed and lived the Golden Rule. He believed in the Lord Jesus Christ and in a hereafter where all will be remembered.
His interests included golf and tennis. He and Jeanne traveled the world together. He loved to make people laugh. He was a memorable character and will be remembered fondly for generations. Le and Jeanne spent the first half of their married life in Mountain Lakes, N.J. They then moved to Arizona to be close to their grandchildren.
He is survived by his two sons, Bill (Suzanne) and Terry; three grandchildren, Aaron (Cincere Lee), Ben (Jamie) and Alyssa (Nate); eight great-grandchildren; sisters Vera and Sophia Louise; and brother Kermit. He was preceded in death by his wife Jeanne; their daughter Lisa Morrison; his parents, William Butler and Clara Wooten; his sister Louretha; and brother K.O. He left a legacy of love, honesty and generosity that will live in our hearts forever. He will be missed by friends and family alike.
A memorial service to celebrate Le's life will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at the home of Bill and Suzanne Butler.
Bunker's University Chapel was entrusted with arrangements.
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