Obituary of William Allen (Bill) Butler | TheUnion.com

Obituary of William Allen (Bill) Butler

William Allen (Bill) Butler, passed away Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015 in Reno, Nevada with his family by his side. He was 68.

Bill was born July 5, 1947 in Grass Valley, California to Allen E. and Kathryn (Katie) Hodge Butler. In 1965, Bill graduated from Nevada Union High School and went to work driving a school bus for special needs children.

In 1967, Bill was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was in the 1st Bn 12th Inf 4th Inf Division Company B. In 1968, he was sent to Vietnam, where he was involved in heavy combat operations.

After a year tour in Vietnam, he returned to Grass Valley and went back to work with the school district driving bus, where he met the love of his life, Linda Simons. They were married in 1972, and he began his career in law enforcement from which he retired in 2002.

In his early years, Bill was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was a member of the Double Diamond Hunting Club, where he made lots of memories hunting with his family and friends. In his later years he traded his gun for a camera and loved taking photographs of all his adventures.

After retirement he and his wife traveled. They went to Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Columbia, the Western and Eastern Caribbean. Last summer, they finished the 50 states, Canada, all the way to Nova Scotia.

He also loved rock hounding and gold panning.

Bill is survived by his loving wife Linda Butler of 43 years; daughter Melissa Butler of Chilcoot, California; son William (Willie) (Heather) Butler, of Grass Valley, California; and twin daughters, Amanda (Pat) Kerr, and Christine (Lee) Stafford, all of Grass Valley; seven grandchildren, Caitlin, Ashley Barnett, William, Austin, Kyle, Logan Butler and Brookelyn Stafford; one great-grandson Bryson Reeder; two brothers, Elton of Nevada City and Robert Butler of Grass Valley; and his beloved Shih Tzu, Tillie.

Bill will be missed by all that knew him. He had an adventurous spirit that persevered through all life’s challenges and he lived his life to the fullest.


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