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Milford “BT” Butler  

Milford Butler

October 23, 1946 – December 31, 2017

Milford “BT” Butler, age 71, of Newark, Delaware, passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.

BT was born in Kinston, NC on October 23, 1946, and was the son of the late Milford and Elnor (Jackson) Butler.  He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era and retired after 20 years of service.  BT spent his career as a Logistics Analysist with the Boeing company for 29 years.

Active in several organizations, BT was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and American Legion.  He was also a life member of the Single Action Shooting Society.  He had a passion for astronomy and history, including collecting old coins and paper money.  BT also enjoyed listening to Frank Sinatra.  Above all, he was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Wendy L. (Stemple) Butler; daughter, Beverly Lynn Butler; granddaughters, Hannah Barnes (Joseph) and Susan Butler (Randy); great grandchildren, Heyden, Scarlett and Harley; step-daughter, Melissa Gherman; step-granddaughter, Olivia Nguyen; and niece, Meghan Stemple.

A visitation for family and friends will be held at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral  Homes and Crematory, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE on Friday, January 5, 2018 from 5 pm until 7 pm.  A funeral service will be held the following morning, Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Immanual Episcopal Church on the Green, 2nd and Harmony Streets, New Castle, DE at 10 am. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery, 6001 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE.

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  1. Susan Kauffman McDonald, January 3, 2018

    BT you and your kind way, big laugh will be missed. You were a stellar example of a compassionate human being.

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    • Wendy Butler, January 9, 2018

      Thank you Susan.

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  2. Jayne Stemple, January 3, 2018

    We are going to miss you, BT. You were a great American and a true gentlemen. May God bless you and keep you. Yours truly, Jayne Stemple

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    • Wendy Butler, January 9, 2018

      Thank you, Jayne. He was a big part of our family.

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  3. Judy Upshure, January 3, 2018

    Although our friendship was short-lived, I’m grateful to have known you. A gentleman to the last.

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    • Wendy Butler, January 9, 2018

      Thank you, Judy. BT always enjoyed the time we spent with you.

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  4. Darlene Korab Woodruff, January 3, 2018

    Wendy and Family, I am so deeply sorry to hear of BT’s passing. What a wonderful man. He was always there with a kind word, a sincere smile and a helping hand. We will dearly miss him. You have my heartfelt sympathy.

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    • Wendy Butler, January 9, 2018

      Dear Darlene, Thank you for your kind words. They help to ease the loss of my best friend.

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  5. Donna Hox, January 3, 2018

    To Wendy and family – so sorry for your loss. There are no words to express my sorrow. BT was definitely a gentlemen with a wry sense of humor. He will be sorely missed.

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    • Wendy Butler, January 9, 2018

      Dear Donna, Thank you for your thoughts. His sense of humor was in tact until the end. How wonderful for that.

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  6. James G. Boyd, January 4, 2018

    A fine gentleman and truer friend. You will be missed by us lesser mortals.

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    • Wendy Butler, January 9, 2018

      Dear Jim. BT really enjoyed the time he spent with you. He looked forward to those breakfast meetings to tell “old war stories”. Thank you for your friendship.

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  7. Pat Jund Keegan, January 4, 2018

    Wendy & family, Jim & I are so sorry to hear of BT’s passing. We always had a great time w/him when the family got together. We’re sorry we did not get more time with him. You are in our thoughts & prayers.

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    • Wendy Butler, January 9, 2018

      Thank you Pat and Jim.

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  8. Mike Meredith, January 4, 2018

    Many fond memories of this fine man. He was a dear friend and I feel privileged to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Wendy, and with your family.

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    • Wendy Butler, January 9, 2018

      Dear Mike, Becky, & Gracie, Thank you for being there through out the years. BT cherished your friendship very much. I’m glad we were able to visit with you last fall. Love to your family.

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  9. Wally Blacklock, January 5, 2018

    I cannot express the feelings for the passing of such a good man. He was a true gentleman in every sense of the word and I for one cannot value the extent of the impact on my life. We had a short time together when I was in the Army and his guidance and tutelage has had a great influence in my life ever since. I take heart in knowing that he is in heaven where his gifts will be truly appreciated. I pray for his family at the loss and know that he is smiling down at all of us and smiling.

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    • Wendy Butler, January 9, 2018

      Dear Wally, BT was so proud of your accomplishments!!! He was pleased that all these years later you still remembered him and stayed in touch. All the best to you.

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  10. Eric Velvel, January 5, 2018

    Wendy I was so sorry to hear about BT’s passing. He was a a true gentleman and a Patriot. We would talk sometimes and I never had to think about where he stood, about anything. That is pretty rare and I admire people with that type of conviction and passion. I pray for you and your family, that the peace you need and deserve finds its way to you. God Bless.

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    • Wendy Butler, January 9, 2018

      Dear Eric, Thank you for your kind words and memories of BT. He was unique with a wonderful humor to match. That never left him. All the best to you.

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  11. Michele Gray, January 15, 2018

    Wendy, I am so sorry to hear
    about the passing of BT. Chris and I shared some very fond memories of BT and fun times on Ocracoke. He was a great guy with a terrific sense of humor and always at at least one or two interesting stories to tell. My prayers are with you and your family old friend. God Bless you and may that gentle kind man rest in peace.

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    • Wendy Butler, January 17, 2018

      Dear Michele, We have always had fond memories of you and Chris. Every time we saw a Chevelle, we think of Chris. I was so sorry to hear of his passing last September. In over 50 years, I have not seen you apart. Let’s take this time to remember our loved ones. All my love to you, my dear. Let’s stay in touch.

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