James H. Butcher, 83 years old, of Rushville,IN, but born in Clinton, IN passed away peacefully with many family members at side, including his wife, daughters and the absolute favorite son. Jim, also known as Butch or even Sonny to select few was an amazing, sarcastic, playful, loving, louder than anyone else talking, do anything he could for you, fight for you, storyteller of a husband, father, grandpa, great grandpa, brother, uncle, friend and son.
He was a United States Marine Corp Veteran. Different t-shirt and hat worn daily to represent his love and respect for his USMC. United States Marine Corp hymn was played and sang proudly, beautifully and with such passion daily. You could not talk about Jim or talk to Jim without talking about the Marines. Marine Corp birthday on November 10th was a holiday in our home and celebrated well one might say. Celebrated early this year too as that was his last really good day that we will cherish. His wall of Marines and Young Marines was completed before passing that he proudly looked at daily. However, the other on that wall who meant more than those Marines was his beloved wife, Beverly. "The reason they are all up there" he would say. The light of his life, she kept him going just shy of 62 years. His love for her was immeasurable.
You also could not talk about Butch without talking about the martial arts. The pride he had in his craft was immense. The number of boards and cement he broke over the years could build a house. He instilled bits and pieces in all of us throughout the years. He used his martial arts meditation to help him to the very end as his mind was incredibly strong.
He was an avid reader, movie/tv watcher, crossword puzzle genius, die hard Chicago Bears fan, fisher, keep you home from school and take you to the movies, lover and keeper of the shark pillow and ultimate supporter of children and grandchildren.
Jim retired from Amtrak in 2004 as a carmen welder. He worked on the railroads and wore many hats over the years. He enjoyed his friends he worked with and the years he had there. As well as the many games of Tonk played and money won.
He is survived by wife Beverly; children Carey Butcher (Jan), Kristina Butcher, Laura Propes (Brian), Stephanee Viera (Skky) and Carrie Wilson (Joe). Also missing him are his grandkids Isaac, Adam, Cameron, Robert, Britteny, Steven, Samantha, Antonio, Drake; great-grandchildren Jacob, Avery, Ella, Olivia, Reagan and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents James and Stella (Rollins) Butcher; brothers Joe, Mike and Bob Butchers and his sister Sarah Belle.
He fought to the end literally. He was the strongest man that we knew, our constant. He always would adapt and overcome. We will now have to do so without him here. However, he gave us the tools to do so and so we shall. Until next time old man, we love you, Semper Fidelis.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to Seymour Young Marines and/or Henry County Hospice. The family would like to say a tremendous honor and thank you to our hospice team. You got him and us through.
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