Ronald L. Butler

[ Age 67 ] An avid golfer, the CPA founded a Columbia accounting firm

November 05, 2006

Ronald Lee Butler, a certified public accountant, died Wednesday of lung cancer at his retirement home in Pawleys Island, S.C. The former Columbia resident was 67.

Born in Poolesville, Mr. Butler was a 1957 graduate of Poolesville High School and a 1959 graduate of what is now Strayer University in Rockville. After he earned his degrees, he spent two years in the Army.

In 1975, Mr. Butler moved his family from Rockville to Columbia, where he started a CPA practice. In his last decade, he started a new CPA practice, now known as Butler, Lavanceau & Sober LLC.

He became an avid golfer and also adopted a dog named Duke. In 2004, he retired to South Carolina.

Funeral services will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way in Columbia.

He is survived by two daughters, Jeanette R. Pyles of Accokeek and Nadine M. Butler of San Diego; two sons, Brian J. Butler of Columbia and Stephen G. Butler of Boulder, Colo.; one brother, Albert Butler of Walkersville; and a sister, Joyce Yates of Dawsonville, Ga. His 1965 marriage to Regina Theresa Richards ended in divorce.

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