Celebrating the life of Ralph E. "Bud" Butler
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BUTLER, Ralph E. "Bud" was born on March 31, 1926 and passed away on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at home holding the hand of the love of his life and wife for 65 years Lois Dennison Butler and his daughter Lexie Butler Hagman. Bud was born at home in St. Petersburg, FL to Retha Leona May Todd and Ralph S. Butler. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Betty Goings and Evelyn Allison, his only son, Randolph Todd Butler, killed in Viet Nam in 1968 at the age of 20, and his only grandchild, Shelby Taylor Hagman, killed at 13 by a drunk driver in 2007. Bud passed away after a long battle with cancer and was owner of Florida Washed Sand Co. He closed the business when Randy was killed and he and Lois spent years traveling the country in their motor home. He and Randy spent many years on the golf course playing in tournaments, including the Father Son Tournament at Lakewood Estates, in St. Petersburg. Bud is survived by his wife Lois and daughter Lexie, and one grandson, Scott Todd Hagman, neices and nephews Larry Shaw, Linda Shaw, David Shaw, Debra Torres, Robbie Shaw, David Dennison, Don Dennison, Dale Goings, Sandy Jones, Sue Padgett, and Sharon Harrold and their children and spouses. He especially loved his Son-in Law, Roy E. Hagman, who lost his life within hours of the same day Bud passed, and Dick Stephens, Randy's best friend. Bud was a one of a kind person. Anyone who knew him, loved him. He was gracious, his integrity untouchable, faithful and devoted to all his friends and never spoke a bad word about anyone. He will leave a legacy of Love. And, to all who were lucky to have known him, knew they had encountered a very special human being. Life Path Hospice the last two weeks of his life brought all the family much comfort and we thank them for that care. Please donate to Life Path Hospice in honor of the wonderful person he was.
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