Leeland V. \n"Lee" Bortmas, 94, of Butler, PA went to be with his \nSavior on February 7, 2022.\n\nBorn September 19, 1927 in Butler, PA, he was the \nson of the late Charles and Ruth Bortmas. He was a \nmember of the North Main Street Church of God. \n\nLee graduated from Butler High School, then enlisted \nin the United States Coast Guard Maritime Service in \n1945. He served aboard the USS McClelland in the \nNorth Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea. From 1950 - \n1952, Lee was with the U.S. Army, Company D, 112th \nInfantry 28th Division where he was a Sergeant First \nClass in Germany during the Korean War.\n\nUpon returning home, he attended Butler Business \nCollege where he met his future wife, Ruth Young, \nwho he married on September 1, 1949. Lee worked with \nhis father as manager at the family business, \nBortmas, The Butler Florist, and later bought and \nran the business.\n\nLee was a member of Butler Lodge #272, the Syria \nShrine, the Butler Kiwanis Club, and numerous other \norganizations throughout the Butler community. He \nwas a Butler Bantam Jeep Historian, giving many \ntalks and demonstrations on the subject; even \nappearing on the History Channel. Lee was very well \nknown, both nationally and internationally, in the \nBantam Jeep community. Along with his wife Ruth, he \nwas a member of the Old Stone House Car Club and \nFriends of the Bantam Jeep. Lee loved boating and \nwater skiing, and was co-founder of the Butler Boat \nClub. He was a "I like to keep busy" type of guy. \nLee loved his family, his life, his friends and his \nLord and Savior.\n\nSurviving are his son Ronald Bortmas and his wife \nElda Saucedo, of Pheonix, AZ; two daughters; Debbie \n(Joe) Minton of Saxonburg, PA and Polly (Bob) \nPalermo of Butler, PA; seven grandchildren, nine \ngreat-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.\n\nA Celebration of Life Service to honor Lee will be \nheld at a later date at the convenience of the \nfamily. \n\nMemorial contributions may be made to the Butler \nCounty Historical Society in support of maintenance \nfor the Bantam Jeep. 123 W. Diamond Street, Butler, \nPA 16001. \n\nThe family of Lee would like to extend a special \nthank you to Good Samaritan Hospice for the \nexcellent care that he received.\n\nArrangements have been entrusted to Thompson-Miller \nFuneral Home, Inc. 124 E. North Street, Butler, PA \n16001.