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Ronald Clete Butcher

October 27, 1930 ~ May 29, 2018 (age 87)

Ronald C. Butcher, age 87, Jefferson, died Tuesday morning at the Jefferson Healthcare Center where he had been a patient the past three days.

He was born October 27, 1930 in Weston, WV, the son of Clete D. & Reva (Bailey) Butcher and has resided in Jefferson since 1956, coming from Weston.  Ron attended both Glenville State College and graduated from Fairmont University.  He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, serving in the Korean Conflict.  He married Virgie A. DeLauder on August 9, 1953 at the Gee Lick Methodist Church in West Virginia.

Ron taught Algebra and Math for 28 years at Jefferson Area High School.  He and his wife, Virgie coached the first girls’ basketball team at JAHS, he was also the boy’s JV basketball coach, assistant and head football coach and was coach of the golf team.  Following his retirement in 1984, he was the greenskeeper at Hickory Grove Golf Course for many years.  Ron was involved many years with the former Jefferson Exchange Club and was a member of the Ashtabula Co. and Ohio Retired Teacher’s Association.  His enjoyments include golf, fishing, traveling and snowmobiling.

Survivors include his wife, Virgie, two sons, Rodney L. (Linda) Butcher & Ronald C. Butcher, II, four grandchildren, Collin, Steven, Erin & Ethan Butcher, all of Jefferson and a brother; Donald L. (Katie) Butcher of Barberton.  His parents, a son; Randy B. Butcher, a brother; Gary Butcher and two sisters; Amy Dent & Martha Sue Carpenter preceded him in death.

Graveside services will be held Friday at 1:00PM at Oakdale Cemetery with Pastors Ed Pickard & Rick Havens, whom both taught with Ron at JAHS, officiating the services.  No calling hours will be observed.  The family requests memorial contributions to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, OH  44004.

The Fleming & Billman Funeral Directors and Crematory, Jefferson, Ashtabula & Geneva are honored to serve the Ronald C. Butcher family.  Visit to view obituary, express condolences or light a candle.

Donations may be made to:

Hospice of the Western Reserve
1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, OH 44004

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