Arthur E. "Hook" Butler, 69, of State Avenue, Ellport, passed away on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at Good Samaritan Hospice in Beaver. Born in Ellwood City on April 19, 1946, Arthur was the son of the late Raymond and Mary Kovach Butler. He married the former Patricia Aradi on December 5, 1975. A 1964 graduate of Lincoln High School, Arthur retired from NALCO where he worked in maintenance for over thirty years. He was a Veteran of the US Army, serving during the Vietnam War. Arthur was a member of Park Gate Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Hungarian Home and he enjoyed shooting pool and bowling. Arthur is survived by his wife, Patricia, and his son, Christopher Butler, both of Ellport, two sisters; Elizabeth Groves of Ellwood City and Ruth Simon of Cranberry Twp., and a brother, Thomas Butler of Ellwood City. In addition to his parents, Arthur was preceded in death by two brothers; Robert and Richard Butler. Friends will be received from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, March 4th at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Avenue, Ellport. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Friday evening at 8:00 PM with Rev. David Childs of Park Gate Baptist Church. Contributions can be made in Arthur's name to the donor's favorite charity.
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Hook played in our Sunday morning golf group for many years and was well liked by all. He hasn't felt well enough to play with us for several years, but is still fondly remembered. Please know that he will continue to be remembered as a kind and friendly soul as long as we exist. He and his family are in our prayers.
Jean McElwain/Chad Hamon
There are many people who have had their lives blessed through knowing Hook, and I'm one of them. He just had a way of lighting up a room! He was and is a treasure ... so very sorry Patty and Chris for your loss.
To Chris and Patty: I'm very sorry for your loss. I know we haven't spoken in decades, but I wanted to send my condolences. Art was a great guy, and if it wasn't for him, I probably never would have bowled, which is something I still enjoy. Thank you for being positive influences during my childhood and for taking me on countless excursions, and at your own expense. May God bless you.
I'm so sorry for your loss. Hook put up a valiant fight but is a rest now. You have my deepest sympathy!
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