Michael Jon Buttler
March 7, 1955
May 7, 2013
Mike died at home surrounded by his loved ones after a brief but aggressive illness. He took pride in his family, his profession, his hobbies and friends. A Reno native, born to Violet and John Buttler, Mike attended TMCC and UNR, earning his degree in Electrical Engineering. Mike worked in the communications field as a Project Design Engineer and was awarded a U.S. Patent for his work on ceramic resonators used in cellular telephone networks. In 1988, Mike built the communications system for the Special Olympics held in Reno and Lake Tahoe, volunteering his time and expertise for those whose lives would take them down a more challenging path.
Mike's best friend was still his mother, who at 89 always encouraged Mike to enjoy his other hobbies of astronomy, amateur radio and riding his motorcycle. Mike met with his friends on ham radio daily discussing the latest weather, politics and technologies while also helping new hams learn about the hobby. Mike always had kind words. In his retirement, Mike loved to design and build ham antennas that would "talk around the world" and visit the local mountain tops such as Mount Rose and Peavine Peak where he would assist other hams fixing their repeaters and antennas.
Mike has now become a "Silent Key", referring to the Morse code that he would tap out when he didn't want to talk on the microphone. Mike was taken from us far too early. Mike is survived by his mother, Violet Buttler; his uncle, Alan Dupont; his aunt, Ernestine Starr and many cousins.
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from May 14 to May 19, 2013