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Butler, James Kenneth "Ken"
James Kenneth Butler, 71, passed peacefully at home in Alpine, Arizona on August 15, 2015 after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. His wife of 34 years, Sheila was at his side. Ken graduated from Sunnyslope High School, served as a Marine, and attended NAU. After moving to Yuma, he owned several businesses including Yuma Sandwich Co. and Sentinel Fire Equipment, as well as working in construction for Tanner Companies. He was a member of Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Elks and American Legion. He and Sheila retired to Alpine, AZ in 1993 and for the last five years wintered in Sun City. Ken is survived by his brother, Jack; wife, Sheila (Kern); five children, Ginger Butler Harding, Marge Butler, Jay Smith, Dave Smith and Mike Smith; along with seven grandchildren, nieces/nephews and great nieces/nephews; and brother-in-law Cully (Brenda) Kern. A Celebration of Life will be held, Saturday, September 26, 2015, 3:00-6:00 p.m. at the VFW in Eagar, Arizona. In lieu of flowers, donations to VFW Post 8987 Building Fund, PO Box 337, Eagar AZ 85925.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 23, 2015
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