Christopher A. Butturff

September 25, 1969 - February 28, 2021
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Christopher A. Butturff, age 51 of Cridersville, passed at 2:29 p.m., Sunday, February 28, 2021 at St. Rita’s Medical Center, following a battle with cancer. He was born September 25, 1969 in Lima, Ohio to Ralph E. and Maxine Kay Smith Butturff of Waynesfield.

Christopher, also lovingly known as ‘FooFur’, graduated from Waynesfield Goshen High School and received his Associates degree in marketing from NorthWestern Business College. He had worked at Kerns Fireplace and Spa in Lima. Growing up, he attended the Waynesfield Baptist Church and began writing plays at the age of 13 for the church. He was multifaceted and very creative. He was an active board member with both the Amil Tellers-Encore Theater Group and the Wapakoneta Theatre Guild. Another organization he was involved with was the Van Wert Civic Theater. Chris was part of a improv writer’s group in which he would write and then preform in.

Chris collected action figures of all kinds. Star Wars was his favorite and he would display these in his ‘Geek Room.’ He loved collecting movies and going to the movie theater. He had started a YouTube Channel about the plays he had been in. Chris will always be remembered for being kindhearted, having a good sense of humor, and his love of the theater.

Chris loved life and was an exceptional young man that profoundly loved his family. Nothing was more important – than family. He was blessed with very loving parents that always encouraged him. Also surviving is his brother Eric and his wife Elaine Butturff of Lima. Eric was not only his brother, but a significant part of his life. Chris considered Elaine more like the sister he never had; she was steller and he was proud to have her as part of the family. Elisabeth Butturff, a niece, held a very special place in Chris’s heart. She loved keeping Chris on his toes and bantering with him. Chris is also survived by a longtime best friend and “brother”, Charles Smith of Cridersville.

A celebration of Chris’s life will begin 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 6, 2021 at the Encore Theater, North Shore Drive, Lima. Rev. Don Smith will be directing the service.

The family will be present from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Saturday, March 6 at the Encore Theater for friends to visit.

Contributions may be given to the Encore Theater.

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Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Service Information

Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021

Time: 3:00 pm

Encore Theater


North Shore
Lima, Ohio

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Born: September 25, 1969
Died: February 28, 2021

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Robin Sonstegard posted on 3/5/21

Chris was a joy to work with at Encore!


Memory Wilson posted on 3/3/21

My deepest sympathy to Christopher's family and friends. It was an honor working with him at Encore theatre. A wonderful talent and person - gone too soon. Rest In Peace dear friend.


Jody Wilson posted on 3/3/21

Chris was a talented and all-around great human being who enriched every life he touched. A lovely light has gone out of this world.


Chip & Amy Noykos posted on 3/3/21

Chip and I were so sad to see that Chris had passed. Please know that we're praying for your family and friends.


Matthew Coon posted on 3/2/21

Chris and I’s friendship goes back to 1975 when we were classmates at New Hampshire. For a while years later we worked together at the Bob Evans restaurant on Harding Highway in Lima. The years and miles may have separated us but we always remained good friends. A few weeks prior to his passing I left a message on his cell phone that we all love him very much and when speaking with him a few days later he told me “I love you too, Brother!” I’ll always cherish the good times we had together. My deepest sympathies go out to his family.