Charles (Chuck) L Butler, 76, of Mt. Pleasant, SC formerly of Batavia, NY passed away on October 01, 2023 after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. Chuck was born on May 29, 1947 in Batavia, NY to the late Charles and Virginia (Cudney) Butler. In addition to his parents, Chuck was preceded in death by his wife Linda A. Butler, who died in 2018, and granddaughter Emily Monahan.
He is survived by his three children: Michelle Butler of Pooler, GA, Kristina (Phillip) LoBello of Batavia, NY and Matthew (Crystal) Butler of Charleston, S.C. Chuck also unconditionally loved his grandchildren: Kelsey (Matt Brown), Nicole (Nathaniel Recht), Kiara Butler, Lucy LoBello, Mason Butler, Eleanor Butler and Francis Butler as well as his great-grandchildren: Madeline Recht and Oliver Charles Recht. His siblings: Michael (Cindy) Butler GA, Debbie (Terry) Warren IN and Polly (Lloyd) Smith NY. He is also survived by several cousins, nieces, nephews and Aunt Shirley.
Our father was an outstanding athlete at Elba High School winning MVP and Rotary Club Awards in 1965 in football. He also played basketball and baseball for the Lancers. Our father continued his education at the Rochester Institute of Technology until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1966. He served Honorably in the U.S. Army, being stationed in Korea until his discharge in 1968 at which time he was hired at Eaton (later Trojan Industries) in Batavia. He became a parts manger where he had the opportunity to travel to Germany several times, which he absolutely loved. His second career, as a physical therapy assistant, came about after Trojan Industries moved out of NY State. This offered him and our mother the opportunity to move to the Carolina’s, where they enjoyed the second half of their lives together.
In his adult life, our father continued his love of sports by playing hockey twice a week, playing on two different softball teams for CF Air and South Byron, coaching hockey for several years for the Batavia Ramparts and coaching baseball in Batavia. He also loved golfing and even owned a home near the 13th green at Batavia Country Club. Our father would take golf trips to Myrtle Beach, which began his love for the area, and where he and his wife would later buy their second home. Our father was also a baseball umpire throughout the Genesee Region and hockey referee for many years.
Our father really loved traveling with our mother, Linda, visiting many different destinations throughout North America, including Asheville, NC, the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee and countless ports-of-call aboard many cruises. He loved camping with the family in the “pop-up” camper and going to Disney World. He was also an avid photographer and could always be seen on vacations with a camera around his neck. Our father will be remembered for his dry sense of humor and he would always try to trick you with some random trivia question. Our father was honest, wise, loyal, hard working, respected by anyone who knew him and very approachable, although he could be very stubborn too. But most importantly, he was a family man. He was a wonderful husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and great-grandfather. All three of his children said they couldn’t have asked for a better man to have raised them. Our father is going to be greatly missed by everyone. Dad, maybe now you can finally get that hole in one!
Family and friends are invited to call on Friday (October 20, 2023) from 4 to 6:00 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia. A graveside service will take place on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. in Grand View Cemetery, Clinton Street, Batavia. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.