Rev. Thomas W. Butler
August 28, 1948 - May 3, 2018
Rev. Thomas W. Butler, 69, of Hillsdale, passed away Thursday, May 3, 2018 at the MacRitchie Skilled Nursing Facility in Hillsdale. He was born August 28, 1948 in Dallas, TX to Patrick Butler II and Calla Garrison. Father Tom was baptized on October 10, 1948 at St. Bernard Church in Dallas, and was ordained on May 15, 1982 at St. Mary Cathedral in Lansing, MI by Bishop Kenneth Povish.
Father Tom graduated from St. Edward University in Austin, TX and earned his Master's of Divinity Degree from Pope John XXIII National Seminary in 1982. He began his priesthood at Christ the King Catholic Church in Flint in 1986. In 1989, he moved to Charlotte, MI to lead St. Mary Catholic Church. He then returned to Flint in 1991 to Holy Rosary Catholic Church where he remained until 1993. He found his home in 1993 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Hillsdale where he was priest for 18 years. After leaving Hillsdale, in 2011, Father Tom served at SS. Charles and Helena Catholic Church in Clio. He retired from the priesthood in 2012.
Survivors include his mother, Calla Kindred of Sierra Vista, AZ; brothers, John Butler of Phoenix, AZ and Mike Butler of San Antonio, TX; sister, Frances Ann Giron of Blanco, TX; nieces and nephews, Patrick (Cara) Bergeron, Garrison Butler, Amberle (Steven) Lundberg, Beaux Butler, Asher Butler, Sheridan (Jason) Pennington and Jessica Butler.
Father Tom was preceded in death by his father and brother, Patrick Butler.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Rev. Thomas Butler will be held Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 10:00 AM at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Hillsdale with Bishop Earl Boyea as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Anthony Cemetery in Hillsdale. Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 2-8 PM at St. Anthony Catholic Church with a vigil service beginning at 7:00 PM. Visitation will also be held Thursday morning for one hour preceding the service, beginning at 9:00 AM. Arrangements are entrusted to the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale.
Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Anthony Catholic Church or Hillsdale Hospital.