LLOYD “JIM” BUTLER
Nov. 11 1919 - Feb. 9, 2008
NORWALK — Lloyd “Jim” Butler, 88, of Norwalk, died Saturday at Willard Healthcare Center.
He was born Nov. 11, 1919 in Wellington and grew up in Berlin Heights. He made his home in Norwalk for the past 56 years.
He is survived by his children, Eric of Norwalk, Karen Coe, of Groton, Mass.; and four grandchildren.
At an early age, he proved adept at working with his hands by building model airplanes and then evolved into constructing his own car. He continued doing auto body work for many years as his occupation as well as in his spare time.
This talent developed into building two all-metal Midget Mustang airplanes, which he finished in 1964 and 1973. His first plane won the award for Most Outstanding Metal Aircraft and his second plane featured folding wings of his own design and won the award for Grand Champion two years in a row.
Butler was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association for more than 50 years. Upon retirement, he began his next adventure with metal by crafting small-scale hit-and-miss engines and other engine replicas.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Elaine (Brink); parents, Floyd and Vyrna (Ryerson); and brothers, Carroll, Brandt (Tracy), and Laurence (Larry).
Friends may call from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at 2 p.m. Thursday at Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk. Internment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Berlin Heights.
Memorial gifts may be sent to EAA Chapter 50 in care of Art West, treasurer, 201 Randal Drive, Sandusky, Ohio 44857.