Rodger was born July 20, 1938 in Sacramento, Calif. to Wilbur and Mabel (West) Butler, the third of four children. He spent his childhood living in and around the Sacramento area. In 1957, Rodger graduated from Lincoln Union High School in Lincoln, Calif.
August 20, 1960, Rodger married the love of his life, Mildred Grace Stanley, in a simple ceremony held in Reno, Nev. The happy couple lived in and around the Roseville, Calif. area, having two sons, Rodger James and Nelson. In 1967, the family made the decision to move to Thompson Falls. They started out living at Snyder, and later moved to their house at Copper King, where Rodger remained until his death.
Rodger enjoyed doing many things such as woodworking, hunting, fly fishing, and telling stories about his experiences. With Millie by his side they would go antelope hunting in Eastern Montana; go fishing on the ocean by Port Hadlock, Wash; or pop up to Lake Koocanusa with the camper and the boat for a weekend. As long as they were together, he was happy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Melvin Butler, and sister Shirley (Butler) Young.
He is survived by his wife, Millie; brother Robert Butler; sons Rodger James (Donna) Butler and Nelson (Bobbi) Butler; grandchildren Daryl (Raelynn) Butler, Allen (Amber) Butler, Stephanie (Keith) Molzhon, and Kelly Butler; great-grandchildren Tristan Butler, Olivia Butler, Keely Butler, and Ashlinne Butler.
A memorial service will be held at a later date