Velma Jane "Davie" Butcher, 81, of Amherst, passed away early Tuesday morning, Jan. 29, 2013, surrounded by her family in New Life Hospice of St. Joseph, Lorain, after a lengthy illness.
She was born Nov. 11, 1931, in Mars, Pa., daughter of the late Dale and Mary (Gray) Davidson. She was a veteran having served in the U.S. Army and later in the U.S. Air Force. Velma worked for several years at American Crayon, New Departure-Hyatt and later retired from K-Mart.
She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She loved spending time in the outdoors.
Velma is survived by a daughter, Penny (Bill) Boesel, of Amherst; two sons, John (Loretta) Butcher, of West Hamlin, W.Va., and Randy (JoAnne) Butcher, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara Gray and Gail Nicklas; brother, Raymond Davidson; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack H. Butcher; parents; and sister, Joanne Foster.
Visitation will be 3-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at David F. Koch Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 520 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. Graveside services will be at noon Friday, Feb. 1, at Son Butcher Cemetery in Whitehouse, Ky.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to New Life Hospice Center, 3700 Kolbe Road, Lorain, OH 44053.
Your memories and words of comfort may be expressed to Velma's family at davidfkoch.com.