Leslie Gerald "Buddy"
SHREVEPORT, LA - Buddy Butler passed away peacefully on September 20, 2013 after a brief fight with cancer. He was born on December 28, 1930, in Shreveport, Louisiana, and married Connie Barnes in 1957. He served his country during the Korean War
as a driver and a sharpshooter in the Marines, and later worked as a switchman for the Port Terminal, S.P, and Santa Fe Railroads in Houston, Texas. He had a lifelong love of railroads and motorcycles. In 1967, he became a long-distance truck driver, carrying cryogenics throughout North America for Liquid Carbonic, UpJohn Pharmaceuticals, and Air Products. He retired in 1995 from Liquid Carbonic and enjoyed his retirement by watching the trains, riding his motorcycles, listening to Rush on the radio, and watching football - especially LSU.
Buddy was predeceased by his wife, Connie Barnes Butler, and his parents, Louis G. Butler and Rossie Butler, and brother, Jack Butler and sister, Genevieve Butler Bedar. He is survived by his daughter, Karen Butler Hayslip and husband, Robert Hayslip; sister, Josephine Butler Allen and husband, James W. Allen; and brothers, Louis A. Butler and wife, Anna Marie Butler, and Jerome Butler and wife, Virginia Butler; grandchildren, Rachael Stanley and husband Robert Stanley, Jared Hayslip, and Joel Hayslip and wife, Heidi Hayslip; and great-grandchildren Jakob and Silas Hayslip, and Lily and Ian Stanley; nieces, nephews, family, and friends.
Buddy followed his wife, Connie's, example and donated his body to the LSU Medical School so there will not be a viewing. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Summer Grove Baptist Church (formerly South Park Mall), Room 3E (Entrance 3 by the Sanctuary). Robert Hayslip will be officiating. Dress is casual.