SARASOTA, Fla. - Frederick F. Butcher Jr., 79, of Sarasota, Fla., went home to be with the Lord and his darling wife of 45 years in the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, from complications following a recent surgery.
Born Sept. 26, 1933, in Clarksburg W.Va., a son of Frederick F. Sr. and Geneva (Doak) Butcher, Fred served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict. He married his wife, Charlotte J. (VanKirk), in March of 1955. Fred worked in the highway construction industry for many years upon discharge from the military. In 1982, he developed a highway maintenance and equipment program which revolutionized the industry. He founded SBR Systems and retired in 2007.
He was a member of the Shriners/Sahib Mariners of Sarasota, Fla., the Elks Lodge of Sarasota, the East Liverpool Riddle Lodge No. 315 of the Free and Accepted Masons and the former Gulfwind Marine Boat Club in Sarasota.
Frederick F. Butcher Jr.
A man of great faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Fred's most endearing sense of humor was infectious, his optimism eternal, fortitude unmatched and his love for his family immeasurable. He will be so deeply missed.
Fred was preceded in death by his wife, "Charce" in February of 2000 and a sister Jacquelyn Butcher Umensetter in April 1999. A beloved father, brother and grandfather, he is survived by his son, Fred F. Butcher of N.C., daughter, Lisa (Butcher) Braaksma of Fla., his two sisters Patricia (Butcher) Trotter of N.C. and Nancy (Butcher) Czech of East Liverpool, and brother Greg Butcher of Washington, as well as four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Friends may visit from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at the Dawson Funeral Home. Pastor Larry Rose will conduct a funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mill Creek Hill Cemetery in Hookstown.
Following the service, family and friends will gather at the Dawson Family Center for fellowship.
View Mr. Butcher's memorial webpage and send condolences online at www.dawsonfuneralhome.com.