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Barbara Lou (Shimer) Butcher

December 23, 1932 ~ July 10, 2020 (age 87)


Barbara Lou Butcher passed away on July 10, 2020 at the age of 87.  She was living at the Inn at Summit Trail assisted living facility in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.  She was born December 23, 1932 in Munday, West Virginia to Lemuel “Harley” Shimer and Lovisa Fox Shimer, the youngest of six children. 

Barbara received a bachelors degree from Glenville State College.  After graduation from college, she and her husband, Harold, moved to Ohio.  The majority of their years were spent in Sandusky, Ohio.  Barbara taught elementary education for over 30 years, most recently in the Berlin-Milan School District. She also received a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University.

After retiring as a school teacher, she served on the North Point ESC and EHOVE Career Center Board of Education for 20 years.  Faith was important to Barbara and she was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Sandusky for nearly 50 years. 

Barbara loved her family, was a true family matriarch and mother to three sons, David, Greg and Jeff.  She was devoted to her family and showed great interest in the activities of her sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Barbara is survived by sons Dave (Linda) of New Albany, OH; Greg (Kathleen) of Carroll, OH, and daughter in-law Joey Butcher of Monroeville, OH.  She is also survived by ten grandchildren, Brian (Whitney) Butcher, Jeff Butcher, Stacey (Michael) Straubel, Kaitlin (Pete) Cortese, Adam Butcher, Emily Butcher, Colton Butcher, Karli Butcher, Nick Butcher and Kassidy Butcher and three great grandchildren, Nolan, Brooks and Lachlan.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Harold, in 2018 and son Jeff in 1999.  In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brothers, Herb, Ron and Don, and sisters, Mavadelle Lieving and Madeline Prather.

Graveside services with be held on Saturday morning, August 1, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Perkins Cemetery,  5922 Milan Road, Sandusky.

In lieu of flowers, contributions  to be made to Capital City Hospice, 2800 Corporate Exchange Drive #170, Columbus, OH 43231.

Arrangements entrusted to David F. Koch Funeral & Cremation Services, 520 Columbus Ave, Sandusky.  Your memories and words of comfort may be shared with Barbara's family at

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Graveside Service
August 1, 2020

11:00 AM

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