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William ‘Bill’ Butler

By Ashleigh Petersen

January 20, 2023

ObituaryWilliam “Bill” Butler, 83, died Jan. 10, 2023, in Orange County, Calif. 

Butler started Able Equipment Rental in 1961 in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., on a handshake. He was a pioneer in the construction equipment rental industry, having grown his business to include six locations, thousands of pieces of equipment and more than 200 employees. He later sold the business in 1998. 

Butler is survived by his wife, Lois; children, Jeffrey (Pamela) Butler, Pamela (Richard) McKenney and Patricia (Douglas) Cook; grandchildren, Amy (Dustin) Bynum, William (Amanda) Butler, Katherine (Mark) Goodrich, Rebecca Butler, Jacquelyn Cook, Matthew (Mary Elizabeth) McKenney, Grace McKenney, Jennifer Cook and Nicholas McKenny; and great grandchildren; Thomas Sutter, Dylan Sutter, Harley Bynum, Barrett Bynum, Jazmyn Butler, Mary Grace Butler, Alexandra Goodrich and Camilla Goodrich.