Michael Butcher, 41

Michael C. Butcher, 41, of Wapakoneta, died Monday morning, Jan. 9, 2012, in Wapakoneta.
He was born Nov. 20, 1970, in Lima, the son of Linda D. (Schaub) and David J. Butcher. His mother and step-father, Linda and Jack Cole survive in Wapakoneta. His father and step-mother, David and Patricia Butcher survive in Botkins.
Also surviving are a brother, Timothy (Nicole) Butcher, of Wapakoneta; a sister, Christine (Donald) Riepenhoff, of Charlotte, N.C.; four nieces and nephews, Dakota Butcher, Sierra Butcher, Kole Butcher and William Riepenhoff; a paternal grandmother, Norma Butcher, of Wapakoneta, three step-brothers, Dean Schnippel, of Botkins, Shane (Anna) Schnippel, of Botkins, and Tom (Michelle) Cole, of Cincinnati; four step-sisters, Emily (Joe) Schnarre, of Wapakoneta, Kimi (David) Brown, of Wapakoneta, Kristina (Ray) Diederich, of Rochester Hills, Mich., and Kelly (David) Goff, of Springfield, and numerous step-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, William and Viola Schaub, and paternal grandfather, Dean Butcher.
Mike worked at IDI Inc., Wapakoneta. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wapakoneta, and a 1990 graduate of Wapakoneta Senior High School. An avid reader, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He had a salt water aquarium, enjoyed caring for his cat “Miranda”, and studying exotic animals.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wapakoneta, with the Rev. Patrick Sloneker officiating. Burial of the cremated remains will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery.
Friends may callT from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Long & Folk Chapel of Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, 13 S. Blackhoof St., Wapakoneta.
Contributions may be directed to God’s Storehouse.
Condolences may be express at bayliffandeleyfh.com.