WO1 Richard "Rick" E. Butler was a VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 11/12/2015 at the age of 67.2 from Accident
Morrison, CO
Flight Class 70-37
Date of Birth 09/13/1948
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 335 AHC in 71, 114 AHC in 71-72
Call sign in Vietnam KNIGHT 21
This information was provided by Lyle Borders

More detail on this person: Richard Eric Butler Denver, Colorado September 13, 1948 - November 12, 2015 We lost a Great Man this week. Rick Butler lived large in every life he entered, and he was loving life, one of the many ways he did, on a glorious Autumn day, when a bicyle accident became his Creator's way of calling him to his next journey. His immediate family still struggles to comprehend their lives without him in it. None more than his wife Jamie, his daughters Heather and Kristin, his mother Patricia and step-mom Josie. His siblings are Melody, Janna, Jim, and KC. He leaves five treasured grandchildren, Roy, Shailey, Ryann, Caleb, and Jon. He was a hero to his nieces and his nephews, his cousins and countless others he gave himself to so freely. Rick Butler was a decorated Vietnam veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, after helicoptors he piloted were twice shot down. He was a successful builder and developer, peppering the western US with quality buildings, much applauded by his mostly governmental customers. He built Colorado's first Leeds Platinum office building, the majestic Signature Center in Golden. He loved flying, and piloted his own twin turbo airplane all over the country. A lifetime passion was scuba diving, which lead him to the woman who would be his wife for 34 years. He was an avid slalom water skier since he was a teenager, and barefooted until plus or minus age 60. His guitar at the campfires at Lake Powell was a joy to all of us who had the pleasure of making that annual vacation with him and Jamie for more than 25 years. Everything Rick did, he did with gusto. He has always lived life to the VERY fullest. Hard & Fast. Go Big or Go Home. "If not now, when?" His lifetime motto was "What isn't given is wasted." Services will be held on Thursday, November 19th, at 10am, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 9200 W. 10th Ave, Lakewood, CO 80215. Afterward will be a motorcade to Fort Logan Cemetary, at 4400 W. Kenyon Ave, Denver, CO. Internment to begin at noon.

Burial information: Fort Logan Cemetary

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