Bruce Butler of Stockbridge, Ga., went home to be with the Lord on July 11, 2012. Bruce was born in Salem, Mass., on Oct. 15, 1945, was raised in West Peabody, Mass., and graduated from Peabody High in 1963. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bruce and Meriel (Montgomery) Butler and his brother, Donald Butler.
Bruce is survived by his wife, Marge (Leach) Butler of Stockbridge; sons, Ron Butler and wife Debbie (Catterton) Butler; grandson, Shelby Butler; younger son, Mike Butler and wife Kristi (Hightower) Butler; grandson, Landon Butler, all of McDonough.
Bruce graduated from East Coast Aero Tech in 1970 and was an aircraft mechanic for Delta Air Lines before retiring in 2004 with 32 years of service. He has lived and worked as a mechanic in the Chicago, IL area and the St. Louis, MO area before coming to Atlanta 1994.
His hobbies included living history of the Revolutionary War era, wood turning, volunteering in the building of his former church in St. Peters, Mo., and his former church in McDonough. He was a member of Glen Haven Baptist Church in McDonough.
Bruce was a volunteer with the Henry County Emergency Operations Center, having had CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training, Henry County Citizen’s Police Academy training, and Henry County Citizen’s Fire Academy training. His joy was riding with the Police and the Fire Departments and volunteering with Henry County in emergencies. He was also a volunteer with the American Red Cross, Atlanta division, in assessment damage and at Helping in His Name Food Pantry in Henry County.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent, in memory of Bruce, to the Glen Haven Baptist Church Building Fund at Glen Haven Baptist Church, 345 East Lake Road, McDonough, Ga., 30252
Visitation will be at Horis Ward Funeral Home on Fairview Road, Stockbridge, Ga., on Friday, July 13, 2012 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be at Glen Haven Baptist Church, 345 East Lake Road, McDonough, Ga., on Saturday, July 14 at 11 a.m. Internment will be at Fairview Memorial Gardens on Fairview Road following the service.