Ronald Wendell Butcher passed away peacefully on June 2nd, surrounded by his family.
Ron was born on March 5, 1941 in Miller, SD to Wendell and Marjorie Butcher. His family moved from Ocheydan, IA to Southern California in 1947. Ron attended West Covina High School, where he met his future wife, Marilyn MacQuarrie. Ron attended the University of Southern California, where he was a member of the football team and scored the first touchdown in the 1963 Rose Bowl. USC won the National Championship that year.
Ron and Marilyn were married on June 9, 1962 and they had their first child, Michael, in 1964. In 1965, the family relocated to Memphis, TN. Daughters Kristin and Holly were born in 1968 and 1971.
Alongside his father and brother, Ron owned and operated Thermo-Pak Boilers in Memphis, TN. In 1984, Ron founded Tri-State Valve & Instrument Co. He later retired but remained active by mentoring new small business owners. He was greatly admired.
Ron is preceded in death by his parents and brother James “Jim” Butcher.
Ron is survived by his wife Marilyn, son Michael (Kinnan) of Issaquah, WA, daughter Kristin (Tim) Ogburn of Germantown, TN and Holly (Lee) Marcus of Thompsons Station, TN; Grandchildren Kaitlyn, Kallie and Ryan Ogburn of Germantown, TN and Justin and Madeline Marcus of Thompsons Station, TN.
Ron was an avid golfer and enjoyed attending any event in which his grandchildren participated. As a private pilot, Ron flew small planes cross-country several times, most recently in 2021.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, June 15
at Emmanuel Methodist Church, 2404 Kirby Road, Memphis, TN 38119. Visitation will be from 1:00pm-2:00pm. The Celebration Service will be at 2:00pm with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations be made to Tunnel to Towers, www.t2t.org, or the charity of their choice.