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Willella M. (Radebaugh) Butz

1924 - 2021



Willella M Butz, age 96, of Bellevue, passed away April 16, 2021 peacefully at home.  She was the daughter of William and Ruth Radebaugh, owners of the R & R Rexall drug store.
     Willella was born on October 22, 1924, in Bluffton, Ohio.  A 1942 graduate of Bellevue High School, she graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1946, with a degree in English.  After college, she taught school in Sandusky and Bellevue. 
     In 1948 she married Walter Butz and moved to Durham, North Carolina, where Walter finished his last year of law school at Duke University.  During their year in Durham, Willella taught in a very small country school attended by sharecoppers’ children. 
     Willella was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Bellevue.  She served as a Layleader, Sunday School teacher, President of the Administrative Board, and was a member of the choir. 
     Her many interests included gardening, collecting antiques, volunteering at Fish and Loaves, playing bridge, traveling and cooking.  She and her husband traveled to Australia, Europe, Canada, and all over the US.
     Willella is survived by her daughter, Rebecca Kulik, her son, William Butz, her sister, Marian Hunter, five grandchildren, and 5 great grand children.
     She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Judge Walter Butz, and her son, James Edward Butz.
     Memorial contributions may be made to the Bellevue Society for the Arts, 205 Maple Street, Bellevue, OH 44811.

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Dottie Pickering

June 21, 2021 1:56 PM

I was so sorry to hear of Willie's passing.  She was such an asset to our church.  She had an exceptional reading voice.  I always enjoyed listening to her read scripture, stories or narrations.  Willie was a very friendly, kind lady.  I will miss her.

Tami Wylie

June 21, 2021 7:54 AM

Willi was always kind a d always had a smile on her face. She will be greatly missed.

Gary Miles Good

June 18, 2021 11:37 PM

The Butz family was the greatest and Mrs Butz was a huge part of it. I loved them all, Walter, Wili, Becky, Bill, and Jim. I would go to their house on Northwest Street and feel welcomed.. Mrs Butz would always make me feel like I was at home. She was a very caring person for all that came in contact with her. She will be sadly missed by her family. RIP Mrs. Butz!! 

Pat Stratso

June 18, 2021 11:08 AM

She was one of my favorite people ! I have missed her a lot and think of her often!

Nancy Clark

June 18, 2021 8:24 AM

I so enjoyed singing in the choir with Willi.  She was a grand lady.

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