Gary L. Butler, age 67, of Quincy, went to be with his Lord and Savoir, whom he loved with all his heart, on Friday, July 7, 2017, at 9:56 p.m. in his home.
Gary served in the United States Army from February 1, 1968 until he was honorable discharged on December 16, 1970 after receiving permanently disabling injuries in Viet Nam. Before Gary entered the military, he had a promising career in baseball. Even though his injuries prevented him from playing, he still had a life long love of the game, and he encouraged and coached many young people. Gary especially loved Quincy Gems Baseball and he made it a priority to attend as many games as possible. Gary never had children of his own, but he did have many “adopted” children, and he loved working with kids.
In addition to his wife, survivors include: a step-daughter, Dawn (Kerry) Lepper of Quincy; a step son, Adam (Krista) Woodworth of Chicago, IL; three step grandchildren: Tyler and Alyssa Woodworth of Chicago, IL; and Allison Helton of Quincy; his adopted children, Lisa and Todd Reichert of Quincy; four adopted grandchildren: Dallas Launer; Ashley and Andy Sill; Alanna and Chris Willner; and Kodi Reichert, all of Quincy; an adopted great grandson and the love of his heart, Leeland Willner; two sisters: Barbara Janes of MO and Marilyn Shaffer of Quincy; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Jim, Leon, and Donnie Butler; a sister in law, Deanna Butler; and a brother in law, Gary Shaffer.
Services: 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at Greenmount Cemetery.
Burial: Greenmount Cemetery with Full Military Honors by American Legion Post #37
Memorials: to Jean for funeral expenses
Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of the arrangements.