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Case Ward Calvin "Butch" Case, 88, died peacefully on June 10, 2013. A native of Columbus, Ohio, he was the third son of W. Lyman Case and Margaret Brown Case. Butch was a 1942 graduate of Columbus Academy where he was Head Boy, president of his senior class, and captain of the basketball team. While attending Haverford College, he enlisted in the United States Navy to serve his country in World War II. After the war, he graduated from Haverford and returned to Columbus to join his father and brother, William (Bill) Lyman Case, Jr., at W. Lyman Case & Company. Following their father's passing in 1955, Butch and Bill owned and operated the company until it was sold in 1982. W. Lyman Case & Company was founded in 1919 and was a dominate Midwest commercial real estate firm, including property management, brokerage, insurance and mortgage banking services. The mortgage banking group operated as a correspondent company initially to the residential market and then to the commercial real estate investment groups of many of the major life insurance companies in the country. Over these years, W. Lyman Case & Company arranged several billion dollars of financing for local and national owners/developers, including many regional mall developers throughout the Midwest and nationally. Butch was also involved in the development and ownership of the 100 East Broad Office Building (formerly Bank One's headquarters), Little Turtle and Beckett Ridge planned communities, The Landings on Lake Charlevoix in Boyne City, MI, and many other real estate developments and ownerships. In his business life he was a partner to many, was endeared and loved by all that crossed his path, and will always be remembered as a warm, kind, and wonderfully honest person. His love for the game of golf led him to become President of the Columbus Country Club, a founding member and former President of The Golf Club in New Albany, Ohio, and a board member of The Lakes Golf and Country Club in Westerville, Ohio, among others. He enjoyed nothing more than joining his friends in a round of golf or walking the Masters at Augusta National each year. Butch was also a former President of The Columbus Club and a founding member of his beloved Black Cats. Butch's overwhelming love for his family included three beautiful marriages. He and Sally Parker had three children during their 25 year marriage ending when Sally died in 1974, Melinda Case Griffin (John), Dianne Case Daniel (Larry), and James Parker Case (Dayna). His marriage to Elizabeth "Betty" Brown Fergus lasted for 26 years until she died in 2000. His final marriage to Druscilla "Dru" Somers Doehrman lasted the last eight years of his life. All of his children, step-children, and grandchildren adored him and truly learned from him the importance of character and unconditional, unselfish love for each other and family. Butch was known to all his friends as a warm, sincere and gracious man. He was quiet by nature, but when he shared his thoughts, he owned the room. When people met Butch, it did not take them long to recognize a profound grace and demeanor which always left a lasting impression. Butch will missed, remembered and loved by those that were blessed to know him. He is survived by his wife, Druscilla "Dru" Somers Doehrman; by his children, Melinda Case Griffin (John), Dianne Case Daniel (Larry), and James Parker Case (Dayna); by his brother, Robert Brown Case (Nan) of New York City; and by six grandchildren, Sarah Griffin, Charles Griffin, Parker Daniel (Katlin), Preston Daniel, Calvin Case, and Reed Case. He was loved by his six step-children, Deborah Fergus (Ed Reis), John Fergus (Ronda), Elizabeth Fergus-Jean (John), Jane Doehrman Eberly (Reed), Jeanette Doehrman Schouweiler, and Elizabeth Doehrman Haenel (Michael); and by 17 step grandchildren. Butch was preceded in death by his brother William Lyman Case, Jr. After a private family funeral, we invite everyone to celebrate his life at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 14 at the Columbus Club, 181 East Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital, at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center - fund # 310473, Little Traverse Conservancy, or Conservancy of Southwest Florida. Visit www.schoedinger.com to share a memory of Butch or leave a condolence. Arrangements by The SCHOEDINGER MIDTOWN CHAPEL.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch from June 12 to June 13, 2013
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