“Forever Loved, Never Forgotten”

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USS Port Royal (CG 73)

Cade Edward Butler was born June 11, 1989. He went to Heaven August 8, 2011.

He was the youngest of three. Cade’s sister, Kaonii King and brother, Michael Horton.

Cade was a highly intelligent young man; he grew up way too fast! Cade was very social, he accepted everyone. When Cade was 15 yrs. He traveled to Guatemala with a mission’s group to help build the Guatemalans a church. Cade had lots of great stories of his trip. He had ordered himself a Pepsi one day, and the guy behind the counter asked him if he wanted a bottle (which cost more) or if he wanted it in a plastic bag with a straw. Cade thought this was hilarious.

Cade said he felt a calling of joining the Navy and enlisted in 2007. He was very responsible and was able to move up ranks quickly. He wanted to go from a Seaman to an Admiral. Cade was a Fire Controlman 2nd Class. Cade explained to his mother that was not a “Fireman”, his job was to shoot down missiles that were aimed at his ship.

Cade will always be remembered for his big heart and smile. He will be forever missed.

One day we will reunite again in heaven.