"Butch" (Oran Alva) Atchison

June 12, 1926April 25, 2021

‘Butch’ Oran Alva Atchison, 94 years old was called home to be with the Lord on April 25th, 2021 in the loving care of his family and friends at his home in Pflugerville, TX. In his passing, he has left behind and is survived by his loving devoted wife, Viola E. Atchison; his four children, Vickie Delgado (John Delgado), Gwen Buhmann (Peter Buhmann), Cathy Hatch & Gary Paul (Lorie Paul); eleven grandchildren, twenty-nine great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; and his thirteen nieces and nephews.

In his death, he is preceded by his former wife, Adele Turner Atchison; his stepson, Sam Henderson; his mother and father Ida and Amon Atchison; his sister, Merel Gardner; and his brothers, Floyd and Larry Atchison. Butch was born on June 12th, 1926 in Austin, TX, but he spent the majority of his life outside of his time in the military living in Pflugerville, TX. When Butch turned 17 years old in 1944, he was proudly drafted into the United States Army during World War II, where he started his colorful military career. As a child, he grew up in a German-speaking household which gave him the ability to serve at a POW camp in Northern France, guarding and looking after the German prisoners of war. The famed General Patton later sent Butch on a special assignment to serve as a guard to the hotel room where Truman, Churchill and Stalin met and discussed Germany at the end of the war, which was later referred to as the Potsdam Conference. After this conference, Butch returned to the United States and enlisted in the Air Force, where he served until 1953. After his military career, he worked as a barber for 24 years and then joined the Travis State School, working for 20 years, and officially retiring in December of 1994. Butch was a wonderful, loving, and kind husband, father, and friend with a larger-than-life personality, and a sense of humor that brought a smile to the faces of anyone he came into contact with. His latter days of life were spent surrounded by the love and care of his family members and nurses, and the loyal companionship of his dogs Snickers, Paypay, and Louie. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends.

Butch will be remembered by friends and family for his kind heart, sense of humor, and ability to light up the room. He had a special way of making everyone he came into contact smile and will be deeply missed by everyone who had the pleasure of getting to know him. In his latter days, he enjoyed being surrounded by the love and care of his wife and hospice nurses, family, and dogs Louie, Snickers, and Paypay.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, April 30, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, April 30, 2021


  • Commital

    Friday, April 30, 2021


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Annette Cureton

May 13, 2021

Butch was our neighbor for many years. His infectious smile and glow of kindness was always present when we would chat on the sidewalk. He loved his family and country and had great stories about both. I am honored to have known him.

Jan Nitchman

May 1, 2021

Butch was a card. Funny to listen to. I have a few pictures of him at the last Veterans Day ceremony. RIP 🙏 Butch