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Clayel Ormand Butler


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Clayel Ormand Butler Obituary

Clayel Ormand Butler, entered into rest on May 6, 2017, in Yuba City, 10 days after his 96th Birthday.

Clay was born on April 26, 1921, in Dinuba, CA, to Ivan Butler and Ethel (Collins) Butler. He grew up in Dinuba, but his family moved to Concord, CA, and he graduated from Mt. Diablo High School. He enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in February, 1942, and became a flight engineer on B-17, B-24 and B-32 aircraft. Serving in Fort Worth, Texas, he performed acceptance testing of new aircraft from various manufacturers. He achieved the rank of Sergeant, and was honorably discharged in February 1946.

While stationed in Texas, he met and married Wynelle Justin in 1945. He attended Texas Christian University and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce. Together they had 3 daughters. In the early 1950's, they moved to Sacramento, CA, where he worked in construction contracting and real estate for over 30 years.

After Clay and Wynelle's marriage ended, Clay met Mary Louise (Malcolm) McManus and they married in June 1972. They lived in Sacramento and Markleeville, CA, then Kamuela, Hawaii, and Folsom, CA. In 2013, poor health caused them to move into assisted living and skilled nursing facilities.

Clay is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Butler of Kamuela, Hawaii; his sister, Guinevere Smith of Fair Oaks, CA; three daughters, Ann Hoffmann (Walter) and Lynn Butler of Benton, CA, and Jan Caputo (Joe) of Marysville; two sons, Jim McManus (Judy) and Greg McManus (Vicki) of Kona, Hawaii. He also is survived by 12 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren, who knew him to be the best grandpa in the whole world.

Clay's earthly remains were interred at Smith Mountain Cemetery in Dinuba, CA, May 12, 2017. A private family celebration of life is being planned for later this year.

Clay's family wishes to thank all the staff of the Courtyard and Fountains care centers in Yuba City, where Clay lived for the last 4 years. Your care, concern and dedication to Clay will always be appreciated and never forgotten. You will always be a cherished part of our extended family.

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Published in Appeal Democrat on May 16, 2017
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