Silent Key: Jeff Butler KC9HSZ

Having been in the US Air Force, Jeff loved airplanes. When hams were asked to supply emergency communications volunteers for the Indianapolis Air Show, he was first in line to sign up.

Jeff and Penny joined others in the GPS Lunch Hunts I used to have...always making fun of certain points along the way. In May 2007, Jeff participated in a National Level Exercise named Ardent Sentry 07. He was assigned to the Ham Radio Command Center in Muscatatuck Training Area in Southern Indiana.

Jeff was a long-standing member of the Indianapolis Radio Club, Marion County ARES and Marion County RACES. He always asked what he could do to help. For quite some time, Jeff was the first ham to arrive at the Marion County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) when severe weather would threaten the county. He would listen and inform the EOC Manager what was happening in the county as the storms would pass through.

Jeff always had something to say on every subject...sometimes he would disagree with you just to see the reaction he could get from you.

He was a friend, husband, comrade, and volunteer. Jeff was always giving of himself to others; he will be missed.

Jeff, KC9HSZ, rest peaceably, my friend.

A Memorial Fund has been established in the name of Jeff Butler to assist his wife, Penny during this very sad time.

After Tuesday, May 15, go to any Fifth Third Bank ( and ask to contribute to the "Jeff Butler Memorial Fund".

Michael R. Palmer, N9FEB
Marion County IN Events Coordinator for Ham Radio
Reserve Coordinator for MC-IDHS
Department of Public Safety
Division of Homeland Security