Longtime Kenai resident, Barron Butler, 82, died Monday, March 28, 2011, at Central Peninsula Hospital from natural causes.
A celebration of life will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the American Legion Post #20, in Kenai.
Mr. Butler was born Dec. 31, 1928, in San Angelo, Texas. He graduated from San Angelo High School in 1947. In 1953 he moved his family to Southern California where they lived until moving to Kenai in 1960. The family moved back and forth from the Lower 48 and returned once again to Kenai in 1965.
Mr. Butler started a few businesses in Kenai over the years that include; Fire Control Systems in 1974; Butler Aviation along with his son, Buzz, in the mid 1970s; Big John's of Soldotna in 1988 along with his partner Ed Ferguson; and finally, The Alaskan Organic Plant Food in 1999.
The family wrote, "Our dad and granddad (Chada) will always be remembered as a loving husband who loved his wife deeply for 54 years of marriage until she passed away in 2001. During his adult life, he was a true entrepreneur and promoter whose passion was to start up businesses that he believed would be successful. He was a very strong minded and very detailed in all aspects of life. He loved telling stories to friends and family about life experiences!"
Mr. Butler was preceded in death by his wife, Laura and his son, Buzz.
He is survived by his daughter and son in-law, Connie and Coby Wilson; grandson, Wayne Wilson, Jr.; great grandchildren, Dominic, Chad and Gerrica; brother, Woodley O. Butler Jr.; sister in-law, Carol Butler; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of Mr. Butler to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 Beauregard St., Alexandria, Va. 22311.
Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel and Crematory.
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