Kenneth J. Butler

Date of Death: 
April 20th, 2021

Kenneth J. Butler died at his home on April 20, 2021. Ken was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He lived in Germantown and went to Germantown High School. After high school, Ken went to work with his father at Midvale-Heppenstall Company in Nicetown, one of the most famous steel companies in the United States. Ken was very involved in the union. He married the love of his life, Jessie Murray. With Jessie and their five children, they started their life in Mount Airy. After Midvale closed, he worked for the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. He later moved his family to the Greater Northeast in Philadelphia in the mid-1980s. Around this same time, he started working for Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersol. Ken loved Ballard and the people who worked there. He retired in 2010, at 70 years old. He enjoyed traveling, dining out with his wife, spending time with his family, and quiet moments under a sunny sky. Ken is survived by his wife Jessie, his children, Michael; Kenneth; David (Michelle), and William (Tiziana), and his daughter Jessie Butler Leonard (Geoffrey). He is also survived by his ten grandchildren Noah, Logan, and Charlie Leonard; Liam and Chiara Butler; Hannah and Abigail Butler; and Joseph, Marguerite, and Ava Butler. He will be greatly missed by all. Relatives and friends are invited to call Monday, April 26th from 9 to 10am at the Maternity BVM Church, 9220 Old Bustleton Avenue, Phila PA 19115. His Funeral Mass will follow at 10am. Interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family would prefer donations in his name to the St. Francis Inn, 2441 Kensington Avenue, Phila Pa 19125.

Memories and Condolences

Jessie and family I wish you peace and comfort as you grieve your dad Kenneth. you will always cherish his memories forever ❤️ God bless you all 🙏🏻
I am so sorry to hear this news. Ken has always been a kind man. And he loved his family. When every he spoke of his wife he always refer to her as his Bride which I thought was sweet. He will be missed.
I worked with Ken at Ballard in the late 80s and early 90's. He was one of the kindest people I ever met. My condolences to the family.
to all of Ken's family and friends we send our love and prayers that the sunshine of Ken's personality assuage your grief now and in the future. He was a great man, friend and colleague.
I worked with Ken Butler at Ballard for 20 years , Ken was the nicest man, always made you laugh, always willing to lend a hand and always with a smile. Ken often spoke about his family and how proud he was of each and everyone of them. Ken also spoke about his wife the love of his life, she meant the world to him. Rest easy my friend, until we meet again. You will be sadly missed by all.
Wow what a shock to hear of Ken's passing. Ken was always very upbeat, a little flirtatious and always made you laugh or smile. His face would light up when talking about his lovely wife and family. He never had a bad word to say about anyone. I am so happy I had the pleasure of working with him and I know he is looking down on everyone with a great big smile. Rest in Peace. Love and prayers are sent to his wife, children and grandchildren. Ken you will be missed.
I was very saddened to hear of Ken's passing. What a kind, considerate, helpful and funny man he was. I worked along with Ken for many, many years at Ballard and he always made me smile. He always had a good story to tell that would brighten up my day and that of others. My sincerest condolences to you, Jessie, and your family. I will keep you all, and Ken, in my prayers. I know for sure that he is in heaven watching over you all.
I am so sad to hear of Ken's passing. I worked with your husband/father at Ballard and he was such a wonderful man. His work was spectacular. He could hang a picture like nobody else! He was always upbeat and he said all the time "God, I love my job!" He was so kind and spoke lovingly about his bride and children often. We used to talk about restaurants in the Northeast that we liked, and I remember running into him and Jessie at Bennie The Bums after he retired. It was great to see him enjoying retirement. I will smile whenever I think of him.
I knew Ken from working at Ballard for 24 years until the day he retired. He was one of the nicest people I knew. Always had a smile on his face, was always happy to see you, and had a great sense of humor. I'm grateful to have had the pleasure of knowing him. My condolences go out to Ken's family. May his beautiful spirit and memories of him bring you peace in the coming days and always.
My sympathies to the Butler family. I worked with Ken at Ballard his entire time there. What a great man, always pleasant with a great sense of humor and loved by all. I wish you peace in his passing and rest in peace Ken.
I am so saddened to hear of Ken’s passing. May the beautiful life he had and the wonderful man he was carry you through this difficult time. He always made me smile when I saw him in the halls of Ballard.
Very sad to hear this today. He was such a kind man and always made me laugh, he had a great sense of humor. I bumped into him and his wife before the pandemic at a restaurant my husband and I go to, couldn't miss that smile and still had that sense of humor. The Angels will enjoy his company. God Bless and my sincere condolences to his loving family.
One of my favorite cousins, Kenny was always fun to be with. I remember trips with the extended Butler family in the early years and getting together at weddings and funerals in later years. So sad that we were not home at this time to be with the family.. It’s obvious Kenny was well loved and I hope that that will console Jesse and the family at this time.

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