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Major General Donald J. Butz, U.S. Air Force (retired), passed away Monday, Aug. 1, 2016.

Born July 6, 1933, in Nevada City, Calif., he earned his doctor of dental surgery degree from the St. Louis University School of Dentistry in 1959. Gen. Butz entered the Air Force with a direct commission as a first lieutenant immediately after graduating from dental school. He was stationed at U.S. bases from Japan to Germany and in between.

Donald J. Butz
             Donald J. Butz

His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service medal with one oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with one oak leaf cluster and the National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star. He was presented the Saint Louis University Alumni Merit Award for Dentistry in 1991. He was promoted to Major General on May 1, 1990.

General Butz was a proud and involved father who loved going to his granchildren’s athletic games and graduations and on family vacations.

He is survived by his wife, Rose Marie (Burnette) Butz of St. Louis, Mo.; four children, John (Debbie), Bill (Lynne), Jennifer and Jim (Vicki); and nine granchildren.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg, Va. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug., 8, at St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, Va.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Bede Building Fund or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

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