OTTAWA - Leon R. Butler, 69, of Ottawa and formerly of Leipsic, died at 5:50 p.m., Friday, March 29, 2013 at The Meadows of Ottawa-Glandorf.
He was born Sept. 17, 1943 in Lima to Elton Jr. and Margaret E. (Stoepfel) Butler. His father is deceased and his mother survives in Leipsic. On July 19, 1969 he married Catherine (Romaker) Schreiber. She survives in Leipsic. On June 5, 1993 he married Connie (Maag) Albright Butler and she survives in Ottawa.
Other survivors include his children, Tim (Deb) Butler, Mike (Chris) Butler, Patrick Butler and Samantha (Sammy) Hollan all of Leipsic; three step-children, Jake (Lisa) Albright of Holland, Lisa Baker of Bowling Green and John Albright II of Lima; 10 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; five siblings, Patricia (Rev. Dr. Thomas M.) McDonald, Steve (Debra) Butler, Sandy (Roger) Mansfield, Tom (Ophie) Butler all of Leipsic, and Joe (Deb) Butler of Napoleon.
He was preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Faith Breelyn Rieman.
Mr. Butler worked for Philips Display Components for 29 years and also drove truck for the Butler Brothers and others. He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa and Ottawa Knights of Columbus. His dream was to build his own airplane. He loved motorcycles, fishing and NASCAR, especially Jeff Gordon. Most of all, he loved his family.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Ottawa with Fr. Matt Jozefiak officiating. Rev. Dr. Thomas McDonald provided the eulogy. Burial was at St. Mary's Cemetery, Leipsic. Arrangements were handled by Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Leipsic.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Putnam County Hospice.
Condolences may be expressed at: www.lovefuneralhome.com