William Carr Butler (September 3, 1924- December 28, 2019)
William Carr Butler, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away peacefully after his loving and generous heart just wore out.
Bill was born and raised in Nebraska, attended Doane College and was drafted into the Army, where he was selected for officers training school at Texas A&M. When the war effort increased, he was sent to the front lines in November 1944. After being wounded in eastern France he returned to the United States where he recuperated and completed his education at Northwestern University. He earned his degree in 1948 and was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. It was at Northwestern that he met Violet (Vicki) Gustafson, his wife of seventy years.
Bill and Vicki moved to Hudson in 1960, where they raised their two daughters, Nancy and Jean. Bill had a successful business career in marketing, sales and distribution with both United States Steel Corporation and Tremco Incorporated.
When a serious vision disability forced Bill into early retirement, he put his heart and soul into being a productive member of the Hudson community. He was an active member of the First Congregational Church contributing as a church moderator and deacon, as well as sitting on numerous stewardship committees.
Bill was instrumental in reorganizing the Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce in 1983, where he served as its Executive Director and was honored as it’s Man of the Year in 1988. He was president of Twin Lakes Country Club where he continued his avid interest in golf, and although unable to play very well, he established, through the Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation facility in Akron, the first national Challenge Golf program which provides therapeutic benefits through playing golf for people with visual impairments and other disabilities.
And despite Bill’s blindness, he and Vicki traveled together on over 50 Elderhostel programs throughout the US and around the world.
Bill leaves behind his wife Vicki, his daughters Nancy Kuhn and husband Richard of Wilmington, NC and Jean Serenbetz and husband Stuart of Johns Island, SC. He is also survived by grandchildren Matthew (Allison) and Michael Kuhn, Tucker (Matt), Hunter (Marina) and Skyler Serenbetz, and two great grandchildren.
A small private service is being planned for a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill’s memory to the National Federation of the Blind.