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Ray F. Butz, 99, of Mt. Sterling, was called Home to his Lord while resting peacefully on Saturday, April 6, 2013.
He was born Nov. 10, 1913, in Fayette County, the son of Martin and Merle Brown Butz.
Preceded in death by his parents; five brothers; and one sister.
Ray graduated from Bloomingburg High School and was a member of the 1929, 1930, and 1931 Fayette County Champion basketball team.
He enjoyed showing cattle at The Ohio State Fair and horses at local shows. There were many interesting stories he told of his life to family and friends before becoming a lifetime farmer.
He married Annabel Fisher on March 23, 1941 and together they raised their two sons.
He was a 65-year member of the Grand Masonic Lodge, director of the Grove City Farmers Exchange for 40 years, served on the Madison County Fair Board and Mt. Sterling Board of Education for many years, Director of Producers Livestock Association, lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church, 2011 Grand Marshall of the Mt. Sterling Fourth of July Parade, recipient of America's Farmers Grow Communities program of $2,500 which he donated to the Community Center of Mt. Sterling.
Survived by two sons, Gary (Margie) Butz and Darryl (Lola) Butz; sister, Avonelle Thorton; grandchildren, Tim (Marcie) Butz, Shawn (Chris) Butz, Rhonda (Roy) Mack, Laura (Rick) Brown, Tiffany (Ken) Null, Travis (Maria) Butz; great-grandchildren, Nathan Butz, Alex (Amber), Gary and Annabel Mack, Trevor and Kinsey Null, David, Jim, Joe, and Annabelle Butz, Evan and Emma Butz and Chase Brown.
Family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, at THE PORTER-TIDD FUNERAL HOME, 331 W. Main St., Mt. Sterling, OH 43143, where a Masonic Service will be held at 7 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2013. Interment will be at Pleasant Cemetery.
The family would like extend a special thanks to their minister Rev. Michael Berne, church family, neighbors, and especially Bill Davis and Billy Johnson.
Friends may contribute in his memory to the Mt. Sterling First United Methodist Church, 110 S. London St., Mt. Sterling, OH 43143.
Online condolences may be made at www.tiddfuneralservice.com.
Published in The Madison Press on Apr. 9, 2013