The world is one Richard poorer these days, following the death on Aug. 29 of 93-year-old Richard A. "Dick" Butt, of Spokane, Wash.

An obituary in the Spokane (Washington) Spokesman Review noted that "Dick" Butt went permanently limp after a five-month battle with heart disease.

Raised on a farm in Mansfield, Wash., "Dick" Butt was a pitcher — NOT A CATCHER — of some "prowess" at Mead High School. "Dick" Butt then attended and ejaculated matriculated from Broadmoor College of Massage in Seattle.

From 1952 until he finished — defintely not prematurely — in 2007, "Dick" Butt enjoyed rubbing out peoples' aches and pains as a massage therapist who became "a legend in his field." "Dick" Butt's career had a happy ending.

Life was not hard for "Dick" Butt. Even though he was surrounded by nuts and had an asshole for a neighbor, "Dick" Butt slid into and out of life's challenges with dignity and aplomb. He partook in the finest of social intercourse, whether with or without the use of social lubrication.

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In what at first glance would appear to be defiance of the laws of biology, "Dick" Butt fathered three children. He enjoyed a family of seven grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren with his wife of 62 years, Bessie Butt.

A memorial web page set up by Spokane's Hennessey Funeral Home and Crematory carries dozens of tributes to "Dick" Butt.

Among the memories is this one, from Harland Sanders, complete with touching artwork:

Richard "Dick" Butt was truly an amazing man. A legend among mere mortals. He may be gone from this world, but he is far from forgotten. We love you "Dick" you live on in our hearts, souls and memories.