Capt. (USAF Ret.) Charles "Chuck" Gary Butler Jr., 46, of Benicia, Calif. died Oct. 8, 2012 after a lengthy illness.
Born Jan. 24, 1966 in Altoona, Pa., he moved to Williston 1980 where he graduated from Williston High School in 1983.
He joined the United States Air Force in 1984, serving in Athens, Greece and various U.S. locations. In 1999, he arned a Master's 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, he 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.
He 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; 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.
He 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:He enjoyed sharing gummy candies with everyone he encountered.
Memorial Services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at St. Dominic's Church, 475 East I Street, Benicia, Calif.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in his 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.
Published in Williston Pioneer on Oct. 12, 2012