NORMAN — Kenneth Ray Butler, 73, of Norman, passed away Jan. 17, 2014, in Norman. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Sunset Memorial Park chapel with Pastor Alan Sample presiding. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. A public visitation will be at Primrose Funeral Service on Monday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Services are entrusted to Primrose Funeral Service.
Ken was born Jan. 17, 1941, in Hominy to Mitchell Snipp and Helen Rachel Butler. He grew up in Oklahoma and joined the United States Air Force in 1960. He served his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. During that same year he spent 20 weeks at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Ill. and then was assigned to the 12th Field Maintenance Squadron at Altus Air Force Base where he worked mostly on B-52’s and KC-135 tankers. In 1962, he was reassigned to technical training at Chanute Air Force Base for training as an Altus (F) missile maintenance technician. In 1963, he returned to Altus Air Force Base and worked on missiles for the next three years.
In December of 1964, he married Phyllis Ann Dewberry and they lived in Tipton until 1965. In June of 1965, he was assigned to technical training at Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi Miss. as an air traffic controller specialist. In November of 1965, he was assigned to the 1930th Communication Squadron, March Air Force Base, Riverside, Calif., as an air traffic controller tower operator. As an air traffic controller he was able to serve his country in Alaska, Texas, Vietnam, Mississippi and Oklahoma. In 1986, he was assigned to the 3rd Mobile Communications Group at Tinker Air Force Base and this is where Ken would retire from in 1989 after 29 years of service.
After retiring from the military, he joined the U.S. Postal Service as the maintenance supervisor and worked for the Postal Service until March of 2007.