Othel Rodell Butler, 91 of Prosser entered into rest on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at Prosser Memorial Hospital.

He was born June 24, 1920 in Ainsworth, Neb. to Wesley Philomen and Cleo Cordia (Campbell) Butler.

He attended school in Wood Lake, Neb. until the eighth grade.

In 1936, he moved to Sand Point, Idaho and worked in a pole camp making cedar poles. He moved to Richland in 1936 and was drafted into the U.S. Army in June 1941, during WWII. He served in the 59th Armored Tank Battalion in Africa, Italy, France, Germany, Battle of Anzco, Normandy Invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. He served until October 1945.

Othel and Georgette Leona Arrestouilh were married on Nov. 17, 1945 in Pasco and made their home in Prosser.

He was employed by Bleyhl Farm Service for 34 years, retiring as manager of the Sunnyside store in 1982.

He and Leona continued to make their home on a small ranch in Prosser until moving into town in 1996.

Othel enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling and gardening. He also enjoyed volunteering in church activities and Jubilee Ministries at the Food Bank.

He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus

Othel is survived by his wife, Leona; his children, Linda Bourgeois of Hillsboro, Ore., Laura (Michael) Menke and David (Yvonne) Butler, all of Selah; his brothers, Wesley (Bonnie) Butler, Rolland "Pete" (Donna) Butler and Burtis (Charlotte) Butler; his grandchildren, Aaron and Nicole Bourgeois; and great-grandchildren, Michaela, Rhett and Sarah.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Alta May; and brothers, Homer in WWII, Chester and Alton.

Visitation will be held today, March 26, 2012, from 4 to 7 p.m. and Tuesday, March 27, 2012, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Prosser Funeral Home, with recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at noon at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Prosser, with burial to follow at Prosser Cemetery.

Those wishing to sign Orthel's on-line memorial book may do so at

Prosser Funeral Home and Crematory is handling the arrangements.


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