FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): It is with a heavy heart that WOWO reports, Charly Butcher, a family man and Fort Wayne radio fixture, has passed away at the age of 61. He died Wednesday afternoon likely due to a cardiac event.
Charly was the loving husband of elementary school teacher, Sarah Butcher, and the father of three wonderful kids. There are no words to express what this loss means to his family, friends, his co-workers, and the WOWO listeners.
Indiana Congressman Todd Rokita released the following statement:
“Tonight my friends in northeast Indiana made me aware of the unfortunate news that my friend, revered WOWO broadcaster Charly Butcher, passed away. It has been an honor and a privilege to accompany Charly on his ‘Morning News’ segment over the years. Charly is a beacon of truth and courage to all that have known him and has always put the interests of his listeners and community first. Your legacy lives on, my friend.”
In addition, Indiana Congressman Jim Banks released this statement on Charly’s passing:
“Charly Butcher was a broadcasting icon and a beloved northeast Indiana legend. I am heartbroken about his passing, and I will forever cherish the moments I spent with Charly, both on-and-off-air. Our entire region mourns his loss, but his irreplaceable voice and legacy will live on for generations to come. I offer my deepest condolences to Charly’s wife Sarah, his three children, his extended family and his colleagues at WOWO.”
Indiana US Senator Joe Donnelly also reached out:
Sad news that @WOWOFORTWAYNE’s Charly Butcher has passed away. I enjoyed talking with him over the years, and he will be missed. I am thinking of Charly’s family, friends, and colleagues. -Joehttps://t.co/62vRLkkmlU
— Senator Joe Donnelly (@SenDonnelly) August 16, 2018
The following statement is from Vice President Mike Pence:
“Karen & I were deeply saddened to learn of passing of a friend and an Indiana radio institution, Charly Butcher. Charly was a friendly voice in the morning for more than 30 years, with a deep commitment to his family and the listening audience. Charly Butcher was a great broadcaster and even better person and he will be missed. We send our prayers and condolences to Sarah, their children, their friends and every Hoosier who will miss this truly good man. God bless Charly Butcher.” – Vice President Mike Pence
Vice President Pence also reached out to WOWO to share his condolences:
Heartbroken to hear of the passing of @WOWOCharly. We talked on the radio just last week. @FLJanetHolcomb & I want to offer prayers & condolences to Charly’s family, friends and the WOWO community. A huge loss for northeast Indiana. #RememberCharly https://t.co/t9Q78ayS29
— Eric Holcomb (@GovHolcomb) August 16, 2018
Nationally syndicated radio host Glenn Beck also took time during his program today to honor Butcher:
To say we are heart-broken would be an understatement. We ask that everyone respect the privacy of his family during this challenging time. We will continue to provide updates at the appropriate times and appreciate your understanding as we too continue to grasp the gravity of this news.