Roger Butler, 73, city officer, entrepreneur

April 16, 2002

Roger "Bob" Butler, who started a home improvement business after retiring as a Baltimore police officer, died of a heart attack Wednesday at his home in Arnold. He was 73.

A native of Frederick, Okla., he joined the Navy when he was 17 and served as an electrician during World War II. While stationed in Annapolis, he met Audrey May of Baltimore. They were married for 53 years and had lived in Arnold for the past 29 years.

After leaving the Navy, he worked briefly as an electrician before he became a police officer. He spent much of his career in the city's Northwestern District, retiring as a sergeant after 25 years on the force.

Soon after, he founded Butler Aluminum Products and operated the home improvement business until a few years ago.

Mr. Butler was a member of the Essex Moose Lodge, the Fraternal Order of Police and the Glen Burnie Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed reading, fishing and being on the water. For the past two years, he had been slowed by emphysema and black lung disease.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Barranco & Sons Severna Park Funeral Home, at Ritchie Highway and Robinson Road.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Michael Butler of Arnold; two daughters, Linda Dombrowski of Homestead, Fla., and Terry Griffith of Pasadena; a brother, James Butler of Havre de Grace; and five grandchildren.

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