April 10, 1957 ~ January 5, 2022

Born in: Columbia City, IN
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

Michael Gene “Mike” Butt, 64, died Wednesday, January 5, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mike was born April 10, 1957 in Columbia City, Indiana, to Doyne D. and Clara Marie Butt. He resided with them in South Whitley, Indiana, before attending Franklin College, Franklin, Indiana, where he pursued a BA in Journalism.

His communications career spanned 40+ years, beginning in 1979, working in advertising sales and management, publishing, commercial printing, and communications, marketing and development leadership roles in the Indianapolis, Indiana area. He served as secretary, vice-president and president of Indiana Newspaper Advertising Executives Association and served on committees and board of International Newspaper Advertising and Marketing Executives. He was also very active in local chambers of commerce and retail merchant associations.

Mike attributed his can-do attitude and preparation for personal and business activities to his association with Boy Scouts. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout at age 14, in 1971. Like his parents, Mike had a passion for travel, enjoying all journeys, from day trips throughout Indiana to more grand adventures thru Europe, Canada and Mexico. London, Paris, New York and LA were favorite cities and Florida was his adopted second home. He enjoyed photography, reading, music and being a parent to long-haired miniature dachshunds and was known for his quick wit, spirit of adventure and compassion.

Mike was preceded in death by his father, Doyne, and his mother, Clara Marie (Calhoun). He is survived by his brother, Stephen, sister-in-law, Tracy, and niece, Carli, of all Winona Lake, Indiana, best friend, Bradley Oppenheim, of Lafayette, Indiana, and many cousins.

At his request, no services will be held. Instead, Mike encourages reflection of your relationship with him, toasting good thoughts as he embarks upon his final and most exciting journey! True to his traveling spirit, Mike’s cremated remains will be scattered in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, a favorite nearby getaway.
Should you determine a memorial is appropriate, Mike suggests Huntington’s Disease Society of America, Boy Scouts of America or IndyHumane (Humane Society of Indianapolis).

Cremation Arrangements provided by Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services – Lawrence.

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  1. May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will be here to walk beside you in your journey of grief.

    Eddie Beagles and the staff of Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services

  2. I was grateful for the opportunity to meet Mike through our association with the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation. It was no surprise to me to learn that Mike had achieved the Eagle Scout status at such an early age. He was trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, etc. — all those wonderful traits we associate with scouting. He was generous in his support of the American Legion Auxiliary and the ALA Foundation over the years. Perhaps most importantly, he was my friend, and I will miss him.

  3. It’s hard to put into just a few words the type of person Mike was – generous, caring, respectful, compassionate, humorous, determined just to name a few. I could go on and on about the positive impact he made on this “young guys” life, both personally and professionally. Mike wore several hats when it came to our relationship – he was my boss, mentor, and a very dear friend. Not only did we share the same passion for our career paths in communications, we also shared many personal interests including history, learning new things, our love for animals, the Indianapolis 500, and traveling. Mike always challenged me to be the very best I could be, even if it wasn’t fun at times, and I credit him for a great deal of my personal and professional growth over the past few years. He helped shape me into the person I am today. I will miss many things about Mike and will forever cherish the memories made. It brings me joy knowing he lived life to the very fullest all the way up to his final days.

  4. I’m so grateful that my son Bradley Harris Oppenheim was lucky enough to have Mike as a mentor, and friend. Mike gave me the grand tour of the office, and I loved following his traveling stories and dog antics. He meant a lot to me because he meant a lot to my son, and he was a good man all around. You’ll be missed, Mike.

  5. Upon learning of Mike’s passing I spent part of the day reflecting on Mike and his commitment to the ALA Foundation. He beamed when he spoke of the Foundation and supported it on multiple fronts for so many years, probably, I expect, since its inception. Mike was friendly, kind, compassionate, funny, and so much more. He sent me a handwritten note several months ago. I ran across it just before Christmas and decided to keep it a while longer. Mike, may you Rest In Peace and enjoy your forever home in Heaven. You will be always remembered in my heart.

  6. Mike dearly loved his niece Carli, and he loved traveling; it is so fitting to scatter his ashes in the Smoky Mountains. My condolences to Steve and the family.

  7. My big brother is gone way too soon, and it’s extremely painful to accept right now. Mike you were a big part in our lives, and it’s comforting to know that you can finally “rest” and be with mom and dad and God Our Father. Thank you all for the kindest of words. He will missed….

  8. Wintersville, Ohio Legion Post 557 ALA Unit sends our Thoughts and Prayers to the family.
    Unit Chaplain
    Nancy Ott

  9. Mike was, simply, a terrific person. Always putting others first, helping them to find the brighter side of a bad day…a person who genuinely appreciated those around him. Our times together in college, and then following each other’s lives, thereafter, were always filled with laughter, positivity, and fun. Whenever we talked about Steve, Tracy, and Carli he lit up with a huge smile and a twinkle on his eyes. Gone too soon but remembered each and every day going forward. Days will be a little dimmer, but each night will be brighter with a new star to guide us.

  10. I was married to Mike for 30 years, and I miss him. We traveled, we experienced great things with family both mine and his and he had a solid relationship with our pets and friends. He was the love of my life and he always will be.

    He knows and God knows how my thoughts and my love are for this man… Rest in peace.

  11. We didn’t know Mike well, but enjoyed seeing him ride his bike in the neighborhood we shared. He was a good neighbor, and would wave and stop to chat frequently. He was a good neighbor, and will be missed. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends…

  12. Passion is contagious and Mike sparked mine in his role at the American Legion Auxiliary. His impact lives on…

  13. A true gentleman and good friend. I will miss the times we got together for lunch, breakfasts, and all the good times we shared. I will cherish the memories. His dedication in all his endeavors, love of life, care of his animals, wanderlust to travel, and laugh were all things that made him such a great person to have as a friend. You are greatly missed.

  14. I have no words beyond all that everyone has said beyond hell Michael was an influence in everyone’s life, and especially mine. We were married for over 30 years and we parted but he will always be the love of my life and the man who showed so much strength and love and adventure to life… Things I would never have experienced without him being in my life. I miss him and I will always love him no matter what may be and I am grateful he had the people in his life to make his life so rewarding and filled with gratitude in love.

    May anyone know that reads this, and knows me from the past… No he was the love of my life and that he and I knew each other very strongly and also knew that we would be together forever in the heart…

  15. So sorry to hear about Michael. He was a friend of mine on Facebook. I enjoyed his post about his fur babies. He was really a nice guy. Rest In Peace Michael.

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