Ralph Butterfield, 79, of Hendersonville, NC, died Monday, September 29, 2008 at Mission Hospitals in Asheville.
Born in Greensburg, PA, he was the son of the late Frank Lyon Butterfield and Edna Elizabeth Walker Butterfield.
He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served in the US Air Force. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1961, and worked for Westinghouse as an electrical engineer until he retired. He was a member of the Christian Businessmenís Committee, former member of the Greensburg and Greensburg-Salem School Board, and former treasurer of the Republican Party of Greensburg, PA.
He moved to Hendersonville in 1985, and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hendersonville. He served as a deacon at both the First Baptist Church in Greensburg, PA, and Naples Baptist Church in Naples, NC. He was on the Hendersonville Rescue Mission Board of Directors. In addition to being an Eagle Scout, he was also a Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Anna Margaret Dawson Butterfield of Hendersonville; three sons, Brian R. Butterfield and wife, Doris, of Mountain Home; Mark J. Butterfield and wife, Mary, of Gibsonia, PA; and Barry F. Butterfield of Hendersonville; three daughters, Mary Christine Havener and husband, Ronald, of Davidson; Donna J. Syme and husband, Philip, of Barnwell, SC; and Sandra E. Ledford and husband, Gene, of Morrisboro, NC; and seven grandchildren, Brittany, Michelle, and Daniel Havener of Davidson; Brad and Brian Butterfield of Mountain Home; and Mary Claire and Morgan Butterfield of Gibsonia, PA.
A funeral service will be held at 2 PM Thursday, October 2, 2008 at the First Baptist Church of Hendersonville. The Reverend Ryan Pack will officiate. Burial will follow at Shepherd Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Hendersonville Building Fund, 312 5th Avenue West, Hendersonville, NC 28739, or to Hendersonville Rescue Mission, 639 Maple Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792.
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