WASHINGTON - Michael L. Butler, 64, of Washington passed away at 8:44 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Mike was born on July 19, 1948, in Mahanoy City, Pa., to Stephen and Delores Gallagher Butler. On June 3, 1972, he married the love of his life and soul mate, Barbara Heiberger. Barbara passed away on Aug. 9, 2006, after 34 wonderful years together.
Among those surviving are two sons, Royce (Robin Albertsen) Butler and Rory (Michelle) Butler, both of East Peoria; two daughters, Jon'l (Tim) Alexander of Mossville and Trina Butler of Washington; seven grandchildren, Dominic, Cameron, Dalton, Cheyenne, Brandi, Johnathan and Joseph; one brother, Arthur Butler of Texas; and two sisters, Virginia (Richard) Fisher of New Jersey and Patricia Butler of Davenport, Iowa.
Mike had worked for SC2 (Superior Consolidated Industries) for 23 years, working in management and also as a forklift operator.
He was an avid sportsman and gun enthusiast who believed in a person's civil rights and gun ownership.
Mike was a member of the Midwest Gun Club and enjoyed fishing and hunting. One of the highlights for him was the fishing trips with his best friend, Brad Spurgeon, to Wisconsin.
A service to celebrate Mike's life will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Mason-White Funeral Home in Washington, with Pastor Jeff Browning officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded.
Memorials may be directed to the
Online condolences to the family may be made at masonfuneralhomes.com.