Charles was born March 20, 1929, in Wolf Lake, Ill., to Hiram and Dorothy Turner Butterfield.
Charles spent most of his life in dedicated service to his country. He joined the Army Air Corps at the age of 17 and served in the occupation of Japan, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. He was also stationed in locations such as Okinawa, Italy, Alaska, Key West, Fla., and others.
He met his wife, Helen M. Sprenger, in July of 1951, when home on leave. They were married May 18, 1952 in Ellmo, Mo.
Charles brought his family to Mountain Home in January 1970, where he retired as a master sergeant in July 1973 and decided to continue raising his family in Mountain Home.
He joined the Civil Service in April 1974 and retired from Civil Service in 1995. They moved to Meridian in August 1999.
Charles is survived by: his wife of 53 years, Helen; their seven children; Brenda D. and her husband, Norland C. Hoefer, Bradley A. and his wife, Lana M. Butterfield, Nancy M. and her husband, Richard J. Durrington, Charles D. and his wife, Sharon V. Butterfield, Dianna E. and her husband, Stanley L. Ransom, Brian K. and his wife, Cinnamon R. Butterfield, and Christopher R. Butterfield; 21 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; his older brother, Carl and wife Pat Butterfield of Arizona, and one younger sister, Myrtle and husband Tony Vogel of Missouri.
His parents, two older brothers and three younger sisters preceded him in death.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran School, 5009 Cassia, Boise, Idaho 83705.