William "Bill" Jefferson Butler

Mar 11, 1939 - Jan 10, 2023

William "Bill" Jefferson Butler

March 11, 1939 - January 10, 2023


William 'Bill' Jefferson Butler, age 83, passed away unexpectedly on January 10, 2023 in Orange County, CA.

Bill was born on March 11, 1939 in Los Angeles, CA to Susan Jessie and Sterling Paul Butler. He grew up in Bell Gardens, CA living close to his mother's identical twin sister and family. He graduated from Bell Gardens High School in 1958.

Bill started Able Equipment Rental in 1961 in Santa Fe Springs, CA on a handshake in a quonset hut. He was a pioneer in the construction equipment rental industry, having grown his business to include 6 locations, thousands of pieces of equipment and over 200 employees. He later sold the business in 1998.

In his retirement years he enjoyed spending time with family and traveling the world with Lois. One of his favorite places to visit was Puerto Vallarta.

Bill was a proud American who loved learning about history, specifically WWII. Some of his hobbies included playing golf, listening to 50's music, and keeping up with all the happenings of his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Bill is survived by his wife Lois; his 3 Children, Jeffrey (and Pamela) Butler, Pamela (and Richard) McKenney, Patricia (and Douglas) Cook; 9 Grandchildren, Amy (and Dustin) Bynum, William (and Amanda) Butler, Katherine (and Mark) Goodrich, Rebecca Butler, Jacquelyn Cook, Matthew (and Mary Elizabeth) McKenney, Grace McKenney, Jennifer Cook, and Nicholas McKenny; 8 great grandchildren; Thomas Sutter, Dylan Sutter, Harley Bynum, Barrett Bynum, Jazmyn Butler, Mary Grace Butler, Alexandra Goodrich, and Camilla Goodrich.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hazelton Betty Ford Foundation- Rancho Mirage location: https://www.hazeldenbettyford.org/about

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Mon, Jan 16, 2023 at 10:00 am
White Emerson Mortuary

13304 Philadelphia Street
Whittier, CA 90601

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