Lloyd 'Jim' Butler, 88, of Norwalk, died peacefully on Feb. 9, 2008, in Willard Healthcare Center.
Jim, as he was known by family and close friends, was born in Wellington, Ohio, Nov. 11, 1919. He grew up in Berlin Heights, but made his home in Norwalk for the past 56 years.
At an early age, Jim 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. His second plane featured folding wings of his own design and won the award for Grand Champion, two years in a row. Jim was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association for over 50 years.
Upon retirement he began his next adventure with metal by crafting small-scale hit and miss engines and other engine replicas. His exceptional craftsmanship continues to be admired by the numerous people across the country who own one or more of his countless creations. He will be greatly missed by his friends in the aviation and model engine worlds.
Surviving him are his children, Eric, of Norwalk, and Karen Coe, of Groton, Mass.; grandchildren, Priscilla, Greg, Lauren and Lisa; sisters and brothers-in-law, Dorothy Kent of Colorado, Connie and Dale Lendell of Arizona, and Marilyn and Dave Knoll of North Fairfield, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Elaine (Brink); his parents, Floyd and Vyrna (Ryerson); and brothers. Carroll, Brandt (Tracy), and Laurence (Larry).
Friends may call from 1 p.m., Thursday, until services at 2 p.m., in Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St. Norwalk. Inurnment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Berlin Heights.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to EAA Chapter 50, c/o Art West, Treasurer, 201 Randal Drive, Sandusky, OH 44870.
Condolences may be made at edwalkerfuneralhome.com.