Kasilof resident Leon Kermit Butler Jr. died Monday, July 22, 2002, in the Carlsbad Medical Center in Carlsbad, N.M. He was 62.
A memorial service will be conducted in Kasilof at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Kasilof Community Church with Pastor Paul Kupferschmid and Rev. Dale Umphrey officiating. The family will receive friends at the church immediately following the memorial service.
Mr. Butler was inurned in Jacob Cavanaugh Cemetery in Wallace, N.C., following a funeral service at Northeast Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Tommy Davis officiating. Full military honors were presented by the U.S. Army Honor Guard.
Mr. Butler was born July 9, 1940, in Bladen County, N.C., and was the son of the late Leon Kermit Butler Sr. and Jessie Rayfield Butler. He was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Kinlaw.
Mr. Butler attended school in Alabama to become an aeronautical and plant mechanic. On Dec. 24, 1960, he married Eleanor Cavanaugh in Dillon, S.C. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served 10 years. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army attending flight school and serving 11 years. After being promoted to captain, he served as an army pilot until his retirement in 1980. For a short time, following his retirement from the army, he flew as a commercial pilot. He then was accepted by the Federal Aviation Administration as an air traffic controller until he retired in 2001.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor C. Butler; son, Leon Kermit "Kit" Butler III and wife, Chantel, of Peters Creek; daughter, Tammy B. Howell and husband, Joseph, of Valdez; and grandchildren Jonathaniel and Jasmine Butler, Michael, Gene and Jacob Howell, all of Alaska.
Arrangements were made by the Quinn-McGowen Funeral Home in Wallace, N.C.
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