Eugene Arthur Butler, 72, of Boise, Idaho, formerly of Springfield, Mo., passed away Thursday, January 9, 2020, at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Boise, Id., surrounded by family. He was born February 3, 1947, in Clinton, Mo., the son of Arthur W. Butler and Margaret M. Dodson. He graduated from Strafford High School and then from SMSU, Springfield. Gene lived a great life. He was a veteran, an entrepreneur, and he cared deeply for his loved ones. He was a man of many, many, many words, many humorous, and at times sarcastic words. Gene was an intelligent man who loved to read and he was a wealth of information. He was generous with his time and was always willing to lend a hand. You could always rely on him to help with advice on just about any subject, you didn’t necessarily need to ask. Gene loved to build was dedicated and committed to any project he started, from building his first home in Strafford in his early years, to building his own bed when he moved to Idaho in his later life to live with his son and his family. He was extremely proud of his military service. His service to our country allowed him to travel, which he loved. During his military career he and his family visited several countries throughout Europe including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy. They visited countless castles, towns and villages. Gene was never afraid to back down from a challenge. While in the Army he was stationed in Germany, he was allowed to take a vehicle with him. Now, keep in mind, streets oversees are narrow and often made of cobble stone. Gene had recently purchased a brand new full size, bright red, 1980 Chevrolet Scottsdale pick up and he was determined to take it to Germany. Everyone told him he couldn’t do it because it was too large and he should sell it and buy something smaller. Gene proved them all wrong and took the truck not once but twice when he was stationed again in Germany! You cannot imagine the looks he got from the locals as he drove his tank of a truck down the narrow, cobblestone roads throughout Europe. He would retire from the Army after 17 years. His favorite holiday was Independence Day. He loved the 4th of July, so much so that he married his second wife, Delores, on his favorite day. This only gave him a bigger reason to celebrate this day which anyone who really knew him, knew that meant fireworks, lots and lots of fireworks. There was one year that he lit off so many fireworks in his back yard that he caught a pile of wood on fire, and no one noticed it until the next morning when someone noticed the smoke! Not one to sit still for long, Gene and Delores, started Green Roof Rentals, a small business of purchasing, renovating, and renting houses. They were quite successful in their business venture and at one point had accumulated 30 houses. Gene’s last years were spent with his family. His declining health forced him to give up his business and moved to Boise, Idaho to live with his son and his family. He doted on his grandchildren and great grandchildren, it was during this time that his family got to see his creative and at times mischievous side. From designing a rope and bucket pulley to lift his soda off the side of the house, to his colorful language every time he forgot his hearing aids or misplaced his cane. His grandson, Jonathan, would say, “He always brought something to the house-you never knew what was going to come out of his mouth when he came downstairs”. He definitely kept his family on their toes, but through that imposing, stubborn facade was a loving, caring, selfless man, he would do anything asked of him. Gene will be greatly missed. He is loved by many and will now live on in the memories we have made of him and the families he helped to create: his son and grandchildren. Survivors include his son, Arthur James Butler (Victoria), Boise, Idaho; 4 grandchildren, J Mendoza, Margarita Mendoza, Audrey Butler, and Jonathan Butler; 2 great-grandchildren, Cameron Walther and Hadlei Mendoza; a brother-in-law, Wayne Henderson; nieces and nephews, Christi Williams, Danny Henderson, and Carol Butler. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Butler and a sister Martha Ann Henderson. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 17, 2020, at the Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark, Mo. The family will receive friends before the service from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home in Ozark. Burial will follow at 3:30 p.m. in the Calhoun Cemetery, Calhoun, Mo. Military honors will be observed at the graveside under the direction of the Clinton VFW Post #1894. Arrangements are under the direction of the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton, Mo.