Oren Keith “Butch” Painter passed away peacefully at home in Woodland, Washington on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. He was born to Walter and Ella Painter on March 25, 1939 in Kelso, Washington. He grew up on Mt. Brinyon and attended Kelso schools. Butch was an Army veteran and served in Korea. He retired from NCR in 1994 after 31 years and then went on to become a school bus driver for KWRL from June 2007 until May 2021. He loved traveling, especially to the beach, had been active with the Battle Ground Rose Float Association for many years and was beloved by his many friends and family. Butch was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife of 53 years Mona; his brothers Clyde, Stacey and Vic Painter; his sisters Elsie Cook, Edith Hooper and Louise Wise; as well as his infant daughter, Devon Painter. He is survived by his daughter Shawna Garrett of Woodland, Washington; his grandson Matthew (14) and granddaughter Rebekah (10); his brother Roy Painter (Rosemary) of Kelso, Washington; his sister Wilda Moore of Portland, Oregon and numerous “favorite” nieces, nephews and cousins. Butch’s final resting place will be at Mona’s side at The Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Vancouver, Washington.
A memorial will be held on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021 beginning at 1 p.m. at the Salvation Army Chapel, 1639 10th Ave., Longview, Washington, 98632 with a potluck dessert reception to follow. Flowers may be delivered to the chapel between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday or on Friday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. beginning on Oct. 24, 2021.
His earthly remains will be cremated and interred at The Evergreen Memorial Gardens.