R. F. "Pete" BUTLER (04/28/1933 - 11/09/2012)

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R. F. "Pete"

Pete died peacefully Friday, November 9, 2012 at Hospice House of Spokane. He was born on April 28, 1933 in Woodlake, Nebraska to Wesley Philomen and Cleo Cordia (Campbell) Butler. The family moved to Richland, Washington in 1937 and then to Prosser, WA in 1945. Pete graduated from Prosser High School in 1952. He served in the United States Navy from 1952 to 1956 then moved to Clayton, WA where he lived with his brother Wesley and wife Bonnie.
Pete married Donna Mae Trampus on September 2, 1961 and they made their home in Spokane.
Before a career in fire protection he worked for Sewmore Company where he sold and serviced sewing machines. Shortly thereafter he met Harry Siria and was instrumental in establishing General Fire Equipment Company as Vice President. He remained a dedicated employee for over 50 years, as well as a successful number of years mining with his brother Wesley and nephew Alan. Though retired, Pete continued delivering fire trucks for General Fire.
He truly enjoyed gardening, providing many families and friends with an abundance of fresh vegetables. Pete also loved dancing with Donna, playing cards, restoring furniture, and tinkering in his garage alongside his wood stove.
Pete is survived by his wife of 51 years, Donna; his daughter Darci and husband Jamie Mankin; his son Darin and wife Gina Butler; his granddaughter Charlee Suzette Butler; his brothers: Wesley and wife Bonnie, Burtis and wife Charlotte and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by parents, his sister Alta May, and his brothers: Homer in WWII, Chester, Alton, and Del.
Visitation will be Friday, November 16, from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home. A Vigil Service will be held Friday, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 505 W. St. Thomas More Way. A Funeral Mass will also be celebrated at the church on Saturday, November 17, at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Spokane, PO Box 2215, Spokane WA 99210-2215 or to St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Please visit Pete's online tribute and leave a condolence at www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com.


Published in Spokesman-Review from Nov. 14 to Nov. 15, 2012
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