James Butz Jr.

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PIQUA — James Conrad Butz Jr., age 63, of Garby Court, Piqua, passed away of natural causes early Wednesday morning, Aug. 5, 2015, at the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus.

He was born Feb. 4, 1952, in Piqua, Ohio, to the late James Sr. and Marjorie (Goens) Butz. On Nov. 27, 1982, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McCartyville, Jim married Sharon "Sherrie" (Richard) Butz who survives.

Also surviving are two children, Marjorie "Maria" and Joseph Hughes, of Sidney, and Joseph and Megan Butz, of Sidney; two siblings, Rebecca Horan, of Englewood, and Theodore Butz, of Piqua; mother-in-law, Ruth Richard, of Sidney; and several brothers and sisters-in-law, Donald and Angela Richard, of Indian Lake, Susan and Gary Schulze, of Russia, Jeanne and Craig Inman, of McCartyville, Edward and Cathy Richard, of Minster, William Richard, of Troy, David and Sonja Richard, of McCartyville, Michael and Christina Richard, of McCartyville, Thomas and Traci Richard, of Minster, Jack Richard, of McCartyville, and Patricia and Travis Lawson, of Sidney.

He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Paul Richard; brothers-in-law, Thomas Horan and Gary Richard; and a dear cousin, Mike Jenkins.

A 1970 graduate of Piqua Catholic High School, Jim went on to study accounting at the University of Cincinnati. He was a CPA and is currently pursuing a second master's degree through the American Business College.

Mr. Butz was currently a civilian employee at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Previously, he had been business manager at Lehman Catholic High School. He owned and operated the Great American Embroidery Company.

His post college career launched at the Medalist-Allen A company, headquartered in Piqua. At age 25 he had been corporate controller of the Michigan branch and by age 42 was controller of three branches simultaneously in Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio. He had also been sales manager and operations manager while at Medalist.

James attended St. Boniface Catholic Church and had been a past member of St. Marys Parish. He served as an usher for 40 years. He served 17 years on the parish finance commission and was chairman/campaign manager during the formation of the consolidated Piqua Catholic School. Jim served on the Piqua Catholic and Lehman Catholic School boards and had been a past president.

He was a member of the Shelby County Right to Life and had been a life member of the Knights of St. John and Knights of Columbus. Years ago he had been an active supporter of the Cursillo Missions. Jim was an avid fan of all sports. He favored the Notre Dame, St. Louis Cardinals and Bengal pro teams. He followed all of his children's sports activities and with that, did a fair share of coaching. He also enjoyed gardening. Jim was known to be an outgoing and helpful friend.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, at St. Boniface Church in Piqua with the Rev. Angelo Caserta and the Rev. Tom Bolte as celebrants. Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery.

Friends may call Sunday 2 to 7 p.m. and Monday 9 to 9:30 a.m. at Gehret Funeral Home, 64 Elm St., Fort Loramie.

Memorials may be made to Shelby County Right to Life or Spiritual Mass Bouquets.

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Published in Sidney Daily News from Aug. 6 to Aug. 7, 2015