Hershel Butcher, 79

Hershel  Butcher, 79, of rural Wabash, died at 11:45 p.m., Friday, July 8, 2016, at Miller's Merry Manor East in Wabash. 

He was born May 23, 1937, in Van Lear, Ky., to Thomas Hensley and Pearl (Bowling) Butcher.

Hershel married Paula Gordon in Wabash on Aug. 9, 1959.  He worked for Ford Meter Box in Wabash 19 years, retiring in 1992. 

He was affiliated with the Lord's Table Ministries.  Hershel enjoyed fishing, raising strawberries, mushroom hunting, but gardening was his passion.

He is survived by his wife, Paula Butcher of Wabash, three children, Diana (Larry) Weitzel and Kathy Gardner, both of Wabash, Vance  (Kim) Butcher of Greenfield; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, and sister, Joann Music of LaFontaine. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, four sisters, three half-brothers, three half-sisters, and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with Roxane Mann officiating.  Entombment will be in Chapel of Remembrance Mausoleum, in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call 4 - 8 pm, Tuesday at the funeral home.

The memorial guest book for Hershel may be signed at


Posted on 2016 Jul 12