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Harry T. Loudenslager III

January 29, 1969 — May 29, 2022

Harry T. Loudenslager III

Harry Thomas Loudenslager, III (Butch), 53, of Philadelphia, PA lost his courageous fight against a genetic disorder hemochromatosis which caused his liver, heart and kidney to fail. Butch was predeceased by his parents Harry Thomas Loudenslager, Jr. and Sharon Lee Loudenslager.

Butch was a loving son, older brother, father, nephew, uncle, and friend to many. He touched the lives of many people and will be deeply missed. Butch survived by Karen Ann, and resided in Philadelphia with his beautiful daughter, Victoria Amanda Loudenslager, whom he loved and cherished with all his heart. Butch was deeply loved by his sisters Jennifer M. Loudenslager, Karen D. Loudenslager Cruz, brother-in-law Luis Cruz, nephews Marcus Luis Cruz and Zachary Thomas Cruz, and “like a brother” Michael Harris.

Butch was born in Philadelphia on January 29, 1969. He attended Mastbaum Vocational High School, graduating in 1987 and launching his commercial art career. His passion for art was matched by his talent. He worked for Ironees Co. and Jefferson Manufacturing Company. For the latter, Butch designed personalized airbrush guitars. When a fire closed the business, his career as a freelance artist began.

Butch designed and illustrated a children’s book for The Global Arts and Entertainment Media Arts Foundation. He specialized in a range of artistic pursuits, such as designing personal tattoos, silk screening, and even a captain’s suit for the Duffy String Band. Uncle Butch shared his artistic talent with his nephews, teaching them techniques and encouraging their creative interests. As a freelance artist, Butch received many awards for his expertise and designs.

Butch was very athletic growing up and loved playing ice hockey, street hockey, baseball, basketball, and football. He tried out for the Philadelphia Phillies despite his arthritic knees and enjoyed that adventure. Butch’s love of bowling was tattooed on his arm and his Fleetwood bowling league won the championship. Known as the “king of fishing,” Butch enjoyed being outdoors camping, bike riding, fishing, hunting, and grilling.  His favorite “sport” was spending happy times with his family and friends.

Butch had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to joke around to make people laugh. The family got used to him mimicking the 3 Stooges, hiding the Atari game controller so he could hog up the game, and playing Monopoly as the banker who would hide the money. A consistent prankster, Butch always had a trick up his sleeve at Halloween and loved spending holidays with immediate family.

Friends and family knew Butch had a heart of gold and would give the shirt off his back to those in need. While he loved private, creative time at home, Butch seemed to know someone everywhere he went. His gift of enjoying people was readily apparent to everyone he met. He shared laughter and finessed the nurses in the hospital even as his illness progressed. His passing, so soon after his parents, has left a hole in the hearts of his loving family.

The family will be having a Celebration of Life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Butch’s memory may be made to the Pennsylvania SPCA 

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