Born in Hannibal Missouri, Jim moved to Michigan at a very young age and spent most of his life in the Birmingham/Bloomfield area. He was a graduate of Birmingham Seaholm High School, and then Western Michigan University in 1967.
Jim was the Director of the Michigan area for Cornerstone Business Services and the former co-owner of Mid-States Petroleum. He was also a past president of the Michigan Petroleum Association and the Detroit Oilman's Club. He spent his entire life working with and assisting small business owners.
Always full of energy, Jim was an excellent athlete who enjoyed scuba diving and racquetball. In his younger years, he was an excellent hockey player.
Jim possessed a photographic memory and could best be described as sincere, kind and humble, but most of all honest. Possessed with a great sense of humor, he was most loyal to his friends and family.
Jim and Vicki (nee Kyte) have been a close couple for 55 years (since 9th grade), and married for 45 of those years. Jim was the dear father of Jane Butler (fiancé Ryan Anderson) and Pete Butler (Elyse), special grandfather of Blair, and brother of Meghan Kuhlman (Gary), R.H. "Tod" Jr. (Sharon) and Harry Price (Debbie).
The family will receive friends at A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home (Vasu, Rodgers & Connell Chapel), 32515 Woodward (btwn 13-14 Mile), Monday 12:00 noon until a Celebration of Life ceremony at 3p.m.
The family suggests memorial tributes to the Boys & Girls Club of Troy, 3670 John R, Troy, MI 48083.
Read James Butler's Obituary and Guestbook on desmondfuneralhome.com.