NEWPORT NEWS - Herman D. Butcher Jr. died at Riverside Regional Medical Center on Jan. 10, 2010, after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 63 years old.
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He was born in Newport News and attended Ferguson High School. He worked initially at the laundry at Fort Eustis and later became an exhibits maker, where he designed and constructed many of the exhibits displayed on the campus of Fort Eustis and in the Army transportation museum. He also performed lawn maintenance for many of the area churches. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing and hunting. He was a long standing member of Buck Run Hunt club, where he also served as president. He was a dedicated laborer and a friend to many. He was a fighter with a zest for life and he had a giving spirit. He was a member of Menchville Baptist Church, but had close ties to Providence Mennonite Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman D. Butcher Sr. and Gloria P. Butcher; his sister, Joy Salsburg; and a brother, Michael S. Butcher.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 43 years, Diane W. Butcher; his sons, Dr. Brian K. Butcher and his wife, Valerie, Dr. Michael T. Butcher, and Dr. Brad W. Butcher; a sister, Sylvia Newport, her husband, Gary and their children, Eric, Kevin and Sarah; two grandchildren, Jacob and Alyssa Cirrincione; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service celebrating his life will take place at Menchville Baptist Church in Newport News on Jan. 23, 2010, at 1 p.m.. The family will receive visitors from noon to 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Menchville Baptist Church , Providence Mennonite Church or the
The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Virginia Oncology and the nurses and staff at Riverside Regional Medical Center who provided him with superb care and kept him comfortable in his last days. 'Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? ... Thanks be to God for he gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.' 1 Corinthians 15:55,57.
Altmeyer Funeral Home, Denbigh Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.
Published in Daily Press from Jan. 13 to Jan. 21, 2010