Stephen Grant Butler, loving husband and father of three, passed away around 1pm on April 11, 2020 at the age of 58.
Steve was born in Poplar Bluff, Mo., on June 23, 1961, but spent his formative years in Tennessee and considered it his home state. It was there that he cultivated his love of the outdoors, especially biking and canoeing. He graduated with a degree in math from Bryan College and he eventually found himself working as an actuarial programmer. He worked with the same company for 32 years.
Steve met his wife Sandy in 1992 at a Bible study. They were married the following year on June 26, 1993, and had three children. His family was his pride and joy and he often referred to Sandy as “probably the sweetest woman who ever lived.”
Steve battled Crohn’s Disease for most of his adult life. After consulting with experts and doctors, often to no avail, he discovered that intense bike rides helped soothe his symptoms. This approach proved so successful that he entered remission after several years of daily rides.
Steve inevitably circled back to a few topics. These were Bach, Reformed theology, history (especially World War II), and trains. He would weave these themes together like a tapestry, connecting them with humor and insight that was always memorable. He was an elder at Old Peachtree Presbyterian Church, where his gift for conversation was always appreciated.
He joins his father, Roger, in glory. His mother, Marge, and Sandy, his children Allison, Ian, Josiah and countless others whom he spiritually fathered are still awaiting the day when they are reunited with him. Thanks be to God.
A private graveside service will be held in the Spring City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to any of the following charities that were close to Steve’s heart. Voces8 for music education: https://voces8.foundation/donateusa, Rhea County Care Center for women’s health services: https://www.thecarecentertn.org/donate, The 611 Restoration Project for the restoration of Steve’s favorite train: http://fireup611.org/support/
Vaughn Funeral Home in Spring City is in charge of arrangements. Visit www.vaughn-funeral-home.com to share memories and condolences with the family.