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SAN ANGELO, TEXAS -- Kim David Butler passed from this life Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011.

Kim was born to Gayle and Jack Butler in Lakehurst, N.J., on March 2, 1943. He grew up in Suffield, Ohio, graduated from Suffield High School and The University of Akron with a degree in engineering. He served in the Army and spent time in Vietnam as a medic. Kim lived most of his younger years in Uniontown, Ohio, and was employed by Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company of Akron, Ohio. In 1980, he was offered a promotion and transferred to San Angelo, Texas, to work at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company Proving Grounds. He was a valuable employee and received many awards for dedication and service. Kim traveled worldwide for the company. He created four inventions that were patented that the company still benefits from today. He retired as a chief engineer after 38 years of service at the age of 58 years. When Kim retired, he enjoyed visiting with his many friends, playing golf, cooking on the grill, and working in his yard. He and his wife, Frances, enjoyed traveling to Ohio and Florida to visit with family and friends. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Kim had a heart of gold and was always there to help anyone in need. He traveled many times to Florida to assist his Uncle Bill Memmer during illness. In 2003, he traveled to Florida and moved the elderly uncle into his home. Kim and his wife, Frances, took care of Uncle Bill until his passing a year and six months later. Kim also helped with the care of his mother and father-in-law, Marjorie and Dub Edmonson. The three elderly folks had a great time visiting and didn't want for anything. Not too many people would give up their freedom to care for people as Kim did.

Kim leaves behind his wife, Frances Ann, of the home; two children, Theresa (Ben) Sites of North Canton, Ohio, and Jeffery Butler of North Canton, Ohio; two stepchildren, Denise (Bryan) Baker and Randy Frank Sorrell of San Angelo, Texas; one granddaughter, Olivia Gayle Sites of North Canton, Ohio, whom he cherished; four step-grandchildren, Jenna (Ryan) Barnes, Michael Martin, and Ashley Martin, all of San Angelo, Texas, and Frank Colton Sorrell of Ozona, Texas; stepmother Anita (Tom) Workman of Suffield, Ohio; twin sisters Donna Thorn and Diana Ash of Mogadore, Ohio; and an aunt, Carol (Lee) Squire of Akron, Ohio. Also, a special friend that Kim claimed as his brother, Floyd Gentry, of San Angelo, Texas.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, in Johnson's Funeral Home chapel, Texas. Friends and family may sign an online register book at johnsons-funeralhome.com.

Published in Akron Beacon Journal on Mar. 13, 2011
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