In memory of
Edgar Earl "Butch" Spielman, Jr.
Loving husband, father, grandfather and friend Edgar Earl "Butch" Spielman, Jr. passed away surrounded by family on Dec. 5, 2018, after nearly 75 years of life. A native of Baton Rouge and true Louisiana sportsman, Butch graduated from LSU's Engineering School in chemical engineering and from LSU Law School. He worked at Ethyl and Albemarle Corporation for many years achieving the position of Chief Patent Counsel for Albemarle. During his legal career, Butch defended and prosecuted hundreds of patents and was credited as an inventor on many others. After retiring from Albemarle, Butch was instrumental in forming the intellectual property group at the national law firm, McGlinchey Stafford. His commitment to the Baton Rouge community was evident. Butch was a longtime member and past president of Sunrise Rotary and served as past president of the Friends of the Rural Life Museum board. Throughout his life, "Cap'n Butch" brought friends, his children and grandchildren fishing in Grand Isle and duck hunting along Louisiana's coast, having many adventures and mishaps along the way. On spring afternoons, Butch could be found tending to his backyard garden growing okra, eggplant, tomatoes and more. He was an avid reader and critical thinker and never stopped in his quest to learn, inquire, and teach others. Some of his fondest memories were as coach of his son's soccer team, the Hulks, which won the state cup. As a retiree, Butch began a second career as an amateur photographer winning national, regional and local competitions and serving as president of the Louisiana Photographic Society. Drawing on his love of the outdoors, he was passionate about capturing the region's native birds, landscapes and sharing his photography with friends and family. While Butch had many interests in life, his first love was his wife of 52 years, Margaretta Meares Spielman, and their three children and seven grandchildren. He is survived by daughter Stephanie Spielman Cargile, husband John Cargile and their children Joshua, Caroline and Patrick; son Stephen Spielman, wife Amanda Beard Spielman and their children Madeline, Sydney and Payton; son Stewart Spielman, wife Michelle Zeringue Spielman and daughter Emerson; and sister, Gayle Manda. Butch was immensely proud of his children and grandchildren and loved to encourage their academic accomplishments, inspire their athletic achievements, nurture their appreciation of the outdoors, and capture memories through his photography. Visitation at Rabenhorst Funeral Home, 825 Government Street, Monday, December 10, 2018 from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm. Visitation continues at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 2025 Stuart Street, Tuesday, December 11, 2018, from 9:30 am until Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am celebrated by Reverend Donald Blanchard. A private family interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Salvation Army http://salvationarmyalm.org/batonrouge/ or the American Heart Association www2.heart.org , or to The Friends of The LSU Rural Life Museum, P.O. Box 14852, Baton Rouge, 70898.
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