Rulon Eugene "Gene" Butler

July 19, 1926 - February 10, 2011

Rulon Eugene “Gene” Butler was born July 19, 1926 in Camby, Indiana, and passed away Feb. 10, 2011 in McKinney Texas. He is survived by his wife of 59 years Sheila J. Butler, daughter Michele Wilkins, son-in-law Chris Wilkins, granddaughter Ashley Allen and grandson Tyler Wilkins. Gene graduated from Decatur Central H.S. in Indianapolis, Indiana, and then served in U.S. Army Air Force in WWII. After the war, he graduated from University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. He then worked in national sales for Texaco Inc. for 30 years. In 1982, the Butlers retired to Sarasota, Florida, where they lived for 12 years before moving to Louisville, Kentucky. Gene enjoyed sports, playing amateur baseball and softball and was a history buff. He served as a docent at historic Locust Grove in Louisville. The Butlers moved to Fairview, Texas, five years ago to be closer to their daughter Michele. A private burial will be held in Indianapolis on Wednesday, Feb. 16th. A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Allen, 601 S. Greenville Ave., Allen, TX, on Saturday, Feb.26th at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Allen or the charity of your choice.

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Jackie and family, What a blessing it was 17 years ago here in Louisville, Ky., when the LORD brought us all together....and we have been friends ever since... Jackie & I have prayed together many times and have seen the LORD at work providing every step of the way...... Absent from the body and present with the LORD.. .. Fond Memories Barbara & Bob Tegarden Barbara Mayer Tegarden, February 23, 2011 Our prayer is that God's grace and mercy will keep you through this difficult time.. With love and caring Allison Lane, February 21, 2011 We remember fondly our friends, Gene & Jackie, so well as faithful members of Harmony SS Class at First United Church - Allen, TX. Gene also was a regular in the church's "Men Talking" group on Wednesdays at the church, always telling about life in Indiana and service in the Army during heavy warfare in Europe during WW II.Both Gene & Jackie were much loved & appeciated by a host of friends in their church and their community of Heritage Ranch, all of whom will miss Gene as he moves on up to those Green Pastures of Heaven. Godspeeed Gene and God bless Jackie and their children, Michele & Tyler and their families. "Death where is thy Sting, O Grave where is thy Victory". Bob & Charlotte Northington, February 15, 2011