GEORGE T BUTTS

Born: Thu., Oct. 9, 1930
Died: Fri., May 12, 2017


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George T. Butts, age 86, of Columbus, passed away Friday, May 12, 2017 at home.  

Born in Oklahoma City, Okla. on October 9, 1930, he was the son of the late Leslie and Pauline (Danhauer) Butts.  

A graduate of The University of Oklahoma, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Science, and pursued further graduate studies at Oberlin College.  He was an avid participant in the Oberlin College radio station, WOBC. At Oberlin, he met his beloved wife of 49 years, Laura Whiteside, of Boston.  George was a research chemist, beginning his career at Colton Chemical in northern Ohio, and continuing at the Franklin Glue Company (now Franklin International) in Columbus for over 25 years, where he became Chief Chemist.  Later in life, he built a successful software consulting business, MicroGen, and ran several SIGs (Special Interest Groups) for the Columbus Computer Society.  He had many interests and hobbies, from electronics to photography, woodworking, ham radio and lapidary.  He was a long-time member of the Westbridge Camera Club.  He held a ham license (KC8T), and was a member of the Central Ohio Amateur Radio Emergency Service for over 20 years.  

He was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Whiteside Butts in 2004.  

He is survived by daughters, Audrey Butts (Tony Lockhart) of Two Harbors, Minn. and Brenda Caprotti of Evanston, Ill.; sons, Daniel (Wendy) Christian of Fairfield, Conn. and Alan of St. Paul, Minn.; 7 grandchildren, Rosie and Samuel Lockhart, Morgan and Casey Durham, Allegra Caprotti, Brian and Gillian Christian.  

According to George's wishes, no viewing.  An informal memorial gathering for close family will be held.  

Donations to Cat Welfare Association, www.catwelfareassoc.org, in his memory.

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Wallace & Barbara Cash
   Posted Wed May 17, 2017
We were very sorry to here of George's passing in the Columbus Dispatch today. He was a great guy with multiple interests and talents. I know that he and Laurie enjoyed their days as members of the Westbridge Camera Club, and in the monthly conpetitions in which both
partiicipated. George could always enter something done in some process that no one else
had ever tried before. Audrey, Brenda, Dan, and Christian, I'm sure you have your favorite memories of your father, and the house that you grew up in many years ago.

Our deepest sympathy on your loss. Wally and Barbara Cash

Dennis Doyle
   Posted Sat May 20, 2017
I was very sorry to hear of George's death, especially since I had so often promised to take him to lunch and catch up, other than our yearly Christmas communication. George hired me at Franklin Clue Company in 1970 and he quickly became my mentor, as well as my friend. He drove the initial success of Franklin's infant Construction Products Division and many at Franklin owe George a debt of gratitude. He and Laurie also opened their home to us (and Audrey's bedroom, as she was away at college) after the blizzard of 1978. We drove to Riverside hospital from there, in George's car, to welcome the birth of our first son. We'll miss George a lot...

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