Sunday, October 24, 2021

Hap M. Butler, 71

| October 4, 2021 10:40 AM

Beloved husband and brother, Hap M. Butler, 71, of Pinehurst, Idaho, passed away Sept. 9, 2021, at Kootenai Health in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He was born May 4, 1950, in Oakland, Calif. Hap was the son of Judd and Juanita (Seburn) Butler.

Hap attended and graduated from DeAnza High School in Richmond, Calif. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam Era, but served in Korea.

Hap was united in marriage to Geraldine “Gerri” McMahon on June 6, 1981, in East Northport, N.Y.

Hap made the Air Force his career and had served as a loadmaster in air cargo, as well as, he trained C130 pilots in the Air Force.

Hap and Gerri moved to the Silver Valley in 2002 from Tacoma, Wash.

Hap was a member of the Kingston Baptist Church and was a member of the Mens’ Prayer Breakfast Group of Real Life Ministries in Pinehurst. He and Gerri also were great supporters and participants for the Relay For Life — both being cancer survivors.

Hap was an avid cyclist, riding the Trail of the Coeur d’Alene’s several times weekly whenever the weather permitted. Hap loved books and reading, and was a published author. He also enjoyed attending country and rock concerts with Gerri. Hap also loved boating and travel. Together with Gerri he explored the Pacific Northwest, made frequent trips to visit family in California and Arizona, cruised the East Coast, toured Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Hawaii, and ventured as far as Tahiti to view the return of Haley’s Comet in 1986. They recently celebrated their 40th anniversary with a trip to Orcas Island.

Hap is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Geraldine “Gerri” Butler of the family home in Pinehurst; and one sister Jill Butler and her husband, Jim Wilson of Sebastopol, Calif. He is also survived by several nieces and cousins. Hap was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services for Hap will be held and announced at a later date. Inurnment will be held at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake, Wash.

The family suggests memorials may be made to the Silver Valley Fuller Center for Housing, P.O. Box 338, Smelterville, ID 83868.

Shoshone Funeral Services & Crematory, Kellogg, Idaho, is entrusted with services. You may share your memories with Hap’s family and sign his guest book at