Burtis Otto Butler, age 75, passed away at home in Prosser on May 13, 2013, after a long battle with Alzheimer's.
He was born in Pasco to Wesley and Cleo Butler and was raised and educated in Prosser. Burtis was a long time Boy Scout and became an Eagle Scout and also enjoyed boxing. He graduated from Prosser High School in 1957. Burtis served in the U.S. Army for 18 months during the Berlin Crisis, where he received a good conduct medal and award for marksmanship and traveled all over Europe before returning home to help out his mother with the Butler Ranch. On Nov. 11, 1966 he married his longtime friend Charlette Loretta Madison, who had always lived right across the road from him. They had two daughters and two grandchildren.
He lived in Prosser and worked at the Prosser Post Office, drove bus for the Prosser School District then went out to the farm and worked in his garden or split wood to keep the fires burning at the farm and his home in town. Burtis retired from the Post Office in 2002 and shortly after was diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
Burtis was a very active member of the Prosser Gun Club and the NRA. He enjoyed gardening as a hobby, and each year his garden grew and grew in size as well as his fruit and vegetables. He loved his friends and enjoyed sharing the food from his garden given with a big smile.
Survivors include his wife Charlette Butler of Prosser; two daughters, Debra Morris of Prosser and Karen Trupp of Wenatchee; and two grandchildren, Fallon Disselbrett and Camron Trupp both of Prosser; brother, Wesley Lamoine Butler of Deer Park and his extended family the Madison's; Stanley, Joe and Millie; and cousin, Bruce Butler and his wife, Nora and their two children, Chester and Keith. Burtis was preceded in death by his father, Wesley Butler; his mother, Cleo (Butler) Randall; his sister, Alta May Schlosser; and his brothers, Chester, Warren, Homer Leroy, Othel Rodell (Dell), Alton Wilbur and Rolland Franklin Butler.
Graveside services with Full Military Honors were held at the Prosser Cemetery on Friday, May 17. Memorial contributions are welcome to the Alzheimer's Association or Lower Valley Hospice. You may sign the online guest book and leave a message of condolence for the family at www.prosserfuneralhome.com.