BUTLER Brian L. Butler, age 45, of Columbus, died peacefully, July 24, 2012, with his family by his side following a lifelong struggle with addiction. Brian's greatest passion was playing the guitar. He was an avid chess player. He was fiercely independent, witty and incredibly bright. He had a strong faith that, during periods of sobriety, rarely wavered. He is survived by his mother, Peggy; sister, Connie; nephew, Jonathan; many friends and extended family. He was preceded in death by his father Dee and brother Clay. A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Union Cemetery, 3349 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, OH 43202. To share your memories of Brian, please visit www.schoedinger.com. Memorial contributions may be made to The Salvation Army at https://donate.salvationarmyusa.org. A special thank you goes out to anyone and everyone who tried to help Brian throughout his lifetime. God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on July 29, 2012