ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — Harold Leroy “Butch” Firster, age 64, died at UH-Cleveland.
The son of John and Elizabeth “Betty” (Cherry) Firster, he was born in Oil City, Pa. on Jan. 5, 1950. Butch moved to the Ashtabula area in 1973.
Butch was a proud Veteran of the United States Army and served during the Vietnam War. He was a life-time member of the VFW Post #943 of Ashtabula, Ohio and a member of the American Legion, Neal Post #743 of North Kingsville, Ohio
On June 17, 1976, he married Mary Ann Carnes and together they recently celebrated their thirty eighth wedding anniversary with family and friends.
A valuable and dedicated employee of Elkem Metals, Butch retired after twenty one years. Not one to remain idle, he worked as a substitute bus driver and head bus mechanic for Buckeye School System. Butch enjoyed his time spent at the bus garage.
Butch was the model volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America and member of the Order of the Arrow. He started his career when his son joined Cub Scout Pack 120, Ashtabula, eventually served as Cub Master. He then continued into Boy Scout Troop 11, Kingsville and served as committee chair for many years.
While still a unit leader, Butch joined the Grand River District committee and held various positions; Unit Commissioner, Activities & Civic Service chair, Merit Badge Counselor, and Advancement Committee. Butch went on to become the District Commissioner and then to District Chairman. Butch was in charge of the kitchen crews at camp for numerous district and OA events.
He also served the Greater Western Reserve Council, BSA in many capacities. He was a member of the Camp Stigwandish Properties committee and the Camp Master Corps. He was employed by GWRC as a Scoutreach Coordinator for the Ashtabula and Ledgemont School Districts.
Butch was also instrumental in the original effort to raise over $200,000 for BSA. For the past 2 decades, he organized crews of volunteers to serve as parking attendants for special events at Debonné Winery, Madison.