Butler, John James 'Jim' (August 2, 1938 - July 17, 2007)

John James "Jim" Butler

Douglas Budget - July 25, 2007

Funeral services for John James "Jim" Butler, 68, were held July 23 at McKibben Cafeteria at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in Douglas with Gary Stearns as the eulogist. Interment was in the Douglas Park Cemetery with Samuel Mares American Legion Post #8 according military honors.

Jim Butler a resident of Douglas died July 17, 2007, at Hospice of Wichita Falls in Wichita Falls, Texas.

He was born Aug. 2, 1938 in Bryson, Texas, the son of Chester and Anna Mae(Petit)Butler. He was reared and educated across the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Kansas. He graduated from high school in Durant, Okla. He served in the United States Army from Sept. 21, 1961, to Sept. 20, 1963, with the BRAT (Beach Reconnaissance Amphibious Team) division. He worked for Phillips Petroleum for 23 years. He started at age 18, and retired in 1988. During his career he began as a roughneck, then an instrument and measurement supervisor. He worked seven and one-half years in the North Seas. He loved hunting, fishing, rodeoing, golfing, and shooting the "Bull". He was a good and faithful friend to many, especially his dog, Tater. He was involved with the Knight of the Silver Spruce, Samuel Mares American Legion Post #8, Douglas Moose Lodge #602, and was a guide for Helluva Hunt for 23 years.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Christine of 18 years, of Douglas; children, Kellie and husband Steve Mettler of Bakersfield, Calif., Jaycee and husband Kevin Taylor of Pinedale; and J.J. Butler of Pinedale; step-daughters, Wanda Myers of Lebanon, Okla., and Kim Perry of Casper; sister, Patsy and husband Roy Horn of Wichita Falls; brothers, Rick Butler of Wichita Falls and Tom and wife, Mary Butler of Goodland, Kan.; grandchildren, Jacob and Matthew Mettler, Kyla and Colten Taylor; and step-grandchildren Christina Burmmett, Miranda Lopez and Austin Aggdall.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial to Helluva Hunt, 1562 Esterbrook Road, Douglas, WY 82633 would be appreciated by the family.

Serving as pallbearers were Joey Price, Peter Mike Curtin, Fred Larsen, Max Page, Roy Horn, and Gary Stearns.

Gorman Funeral Homes - Converse Chapel of Douglas is in charge of the arrangements.


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