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Thomas L Butler

Thomas L. Butler Jr., 69, passed away in his sleep at the Sheyenne Care Center in Valley City, ND on March 18, 2018.

Tom was born in Grand Forks, ND on July 5, 1948 to Thomas D. and Yvonne Butler. He went to grade school through his senior year in Cavalier, graduating in 1966. Following graduation, Tom attended Moorhead College for one year before joining the United States Navy, where he was a ship’s photographer. He retired from the Navy on June 1, 1976.

Tom was an avid reader. He enjoyed listening to classic rock and roll music, and he really enjoyed debating current political and social events.

Tom is survived by his mother, Yvonne, Wedgewood Manor, Cavalier; his brother, Lanny (Diane) Butler, Crozet, Virginia and their children Elisabeth Butler and Andy Butler; and sister, Deb (Rick) Torkelson, Washburn, ND, and their daughters Amy (Brandon) Miller and Katie Torkelson.

Tom was preceded in death by his father Thomas D. Butler and brother Jeffrey Butler.

No services are planned in Cavalier. A graveside service will be held for Tom at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be given in memory of Tom to the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery Foundation (NDVCF) 1825 46th Street, Mandan, ND 58554.

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Sending my deepest sympathy to all of Tom's family. He will always be remembered fondly as one of my classmates @ CHS. May God be especially close to all of you at this sad time.

Jerry Greenwood Apr 4 2018 12:00 AM

Dearest Butler family, I am so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. I will pray for your peace and your healing. God bless his memory. Love to all of you.

Sheila Sturlaugson Apr 2 2018 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Toms passing. Sympathy to his mother at Wedgewood Manor and all of the family. Thoughts and prayers are with you. I was a classmate of Toms and we graduated together in 1966. We were also both in the Navy and served our country. Rest in Peace,

Dale A Dalsted Apr 2 2018 12:00 AM

'Rest In Peace' was never more applicable......

Garnet Furstenau, Class of '66 Mar 29 2018 12:00 AM

Sincere sympathy to toms mother at wedgewood manor in Cavalier and all of his family. Thoughts and prayers are with you. I was a classmate of Toms and we graduated together in 1966 and we were both in the Navy. Rest in Peace.

Dale A Dalsted Mar 29 2018 12:00 AM

Rest in peace, Tom, you were always pleasant to talk with about anything.

Kirby Brandhagen Mar 27 2018 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear this. I was blessed to graduate from high school with Tom and I have known the Butlers my whole life in school and church. What a wonderful family and I wish comfort and peace to Mrs. Butler and her children. God bless you all.

Kathy Quinn Amato Mar 26 2018 12:00 AM

Tommy was my childhood neighbor. I always have good memories of him. My sincere sympathy to Yvonne & family. Prayers & thoughts are with you!

Linda Doyle Mar 26 2018 12:00 AM