Charles "Chuck" Gary Butler Jr.
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1/24/1966 - 10/8/2012
Captain (USAF Ret) Charles "Chuck" Gary Butler Jr., 46, of Benicia, Calif., passed away peacefully on October 8, 2012 after a lengthy illness.
Born on January 24, 1966 in Altoona, Pa, Chuck moved to Williston, Fla., in 1980 where he graduated from Williston High School in 1983. Chuck joined the United States Air Force in 1984, serving in Athens, Greece and various US locations. In 1999, Chuck earned a Masters Degree in Science from the University of Nebraska and was certified as a Physician Assistant. He retired from the Air Force in 2008 after 24 years of service. Subsequently, Chuck worked in various medical facilities in the Northern California area, including most recently his "dream job" in the Emergency Room at Sutter Medical Center in Roseville, Calif.
Chuck is survived by his wife, Colleen Marie Butler; two sons, Andrew Sterling and John Michael; two sisters, Melissa (Tom) Janocko of Clearfield, Pa., and Linda (Darryl) Etheridge of Williston, Fla., brother-in-law, Gary (Debbie) Butler; sister-in-law, Lori Alvarado; parents-in-law, Gary and Flora Butler; and several nieces, nephews uncles, aunts, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Gary Butler Sr. and his mother Nancy Regina Maloney.
Chuck enjoyed everything about nature including exploring the beach and sailing, but most of all he enjoyed sharing all of that with his wife and two wonderful sons.
He will always be remembered for his dedication to his profession, the level of care he provided to his patients, but, most of all, his kindness. Special note: Chuck enjoyed sharing gummy candies with everyone he encountered.
Memorial Services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, October 20, 2012 at St. Dominic's Church, 475 East I Street, Benicia, Calif. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Chuck's name can be made to the Rocklin High School football program (Rocklin, Calif.) or the Monterey Bay Aquarium (Monterey, Calif.). Please visit the online tribute at www.passalacquafuneralchapel.com.
Passalacqua Funeral Chapel, 707-745-3130
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Oct. 14, 2012