ODESSA Albert Q. Butler passed away October 12, 2012 in Odessa, Texas. He was 88 years old. He was born in Dallas on January 2, 1924 and married the love of his life, Katie Lee Walther of Dallas, on January 21, 1945. They moved to Odessa in 1962.|
During World War II, Al served as a fighter pilot in the 1st Fighter Squadron of the 413th Fighter Group, flying missions over Okinawa, Formosa and Japan. He participated in the Ryukyus Islands offensive, The China offensive, and the Japan Air offensive.
Al also served in the 337th Air Service Group, flying single and two engine aircraft in air transport missions in the Asiatic - Pacific theater.
He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas A&M University in 1950, and a Masters Degree in Engineering Mechanics from The University of Texas at Austin in 1952. He served in various Engineering capacities at Austin Brothers Steel Company, Dow Chemical Company, Rexall Drug and Chemical, El Paso Products Company and at Huntsman Corporation. Al retired from Huntsman Corporation on May 1, 2000.
Al was an active member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church for 50 years, from 1962 through 2012.
His priority in life was loving and caring for his wife and five children. He was especially proud of his many Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren.
Al is preceded in death by his oldest son, John William Butler of Fort Worth, Texas.
He is survived by his wife Katie Lee Butler, daughter Judith Ann Huffman (Jim), son Robert Butler (Julie), daughter Rebecca Lee Hogan (John), son David Randall Butler (Cari), grandchildren Sherry Hardin (Drew), Jana Ellsworth (Edward), Rebekah Bulen ( Stacy), Byron Campbell (Kelly), Sara Mattes (Aron), Michael Butler, Matthew Butler (Nicole), Brett Hogan, Cody Hogan, Michael Tate Butler, and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 1601 East 42nd Street, Odessa, Texas 79762. St. Luke's pastor, Reverend Brad Bennett will officiate. Graveside service will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Michael Butler, Matthew Butler, Byron Campbell, Drew Hardin, Edward Ellsworth, and Stacy Bulen.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Julian Fulp, Dick Turner, Travis Bulen, Tye Hardin, Brett Hogan, and Cody Hogan.
There will be no formal visitation.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Sunset Funeral Home. To sign the guest book, go to our website at www.sunsetodessa.com
Published in Odessa American on Oct. 18, 2012