Michael D. Butler, age 62, of Brownstown, Indiana, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at the University of Louisville Hospital. A Celebration of Life for Mike will be held this Saturday, July 20th, at the Eagles Lodge, in Seymour, from 2 to 6 p.m.

He was born in Jackson County to the late Robert and Teena Butler.

Mike was retired from the Times-Mail newspaper, at Bedford. For many, many years, Mike was one of the pressmen there who printed The Shoals News, always concerned about the quality of the paper, and always doing whatever it took to achieve excellence in print for our readers.

Mike started taking printing classes at the North Lawrence Vocational School at age 15, and one year later, when he was 16, he ran the web press at the     Brownstown Banner, where he was employed for nine years. He worked as a printer in Southern Illinois for three years, and was hired as a press operator at Bedford in August of 1984. He worked at Bedford for just shy of 30 years, spending the last nearly 11 years working in the Building Maintenance Department at the paper.

He was always hardworking, dedicated, and respected by his fellow employees and newspaper acquaintances.

Mike entered the Catfish Festival Theme Contest nearly every year, and this year, was finally selected as the winner, with “Rock Solid Patriotism.” He had a massive stroke two days before he planned to drive to Shoals to have his photo taken with the official winner’s t-shirt.

He is survived by his sons, Matthew Butler and Mark Butler; brothers, Rick Butler and Tim Butler, and wife Beth; sisters, Shelly Cooley and Robin Voss, and husband, Mark; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Voss & Sons Funeral Service, in Seymour.

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