Friday, December 16, 2016

Elmer Ellsworth Butler, 1866-1941

The Seymour Herald – 11 August 1941
  This community was deeply saddened Tuesday morning when it was learned that Elmer E. Butler had passed away suddenly at his home about four a.m.  Two severe heart attacks, which came within two hours of each other, were attributed to the cause of his death.
  The passing of Mr. Butler removed from this vicinity another member of a pioneer family.  He had been on the streets a number of times Monday talking and joking with his many friends.
  Funeral services will be held from the Christian church in Seymour, Thursday afternoon, Sept. 11, at 2:00 o’clock.
The Seymour Herald – 18 September 1941
E. E. Butler Funeral In Christian Church
  Final rites for Elmer E. Butler were held Thursday afternoonat 2:00 o’clock in the Christian church with the Rev. W. M. Cleeton conducting the ceremony.  Mr. Butler passed away suddenly on Tuesday morning about four o’clock at his home, following two severe hear attacks.
  During the service “Rock of Ages” and “No Night There” were sung by a mixed quartet composed of Mrs. H. S. Eckels, Mrs. R. E. Jamison, Pearl Hart and P. H. Jarman.
  Sup’t. P. H Jarman sang “Somebody Knows” as a vocal solo. The quartet and Mr. Jarman were accompanied on the piano by Mrs. Gertie Smith.
  Flower bearers were:  Mrs. H. Cates, Mrs. Jap McKee, Mrs. George Pister, Mrs. Cora Jones, Mrs. Cora Osborn and Mrs. Glen Grant.
  Paul bearers were:  Jap McKee, Charles Spindler, Wade Wright, H. J. Doman, F. A. Kincade and John W. Contra.
  The body was interred in the Jerome cemetery
  Elmer E. Butler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paschal Thomas and Jane Butler, was born Nov. 2, 1866 in Appanoose county, Iowa and departed this life at his home in Seymour, Iowa, Sept. 9, 1941 at the age of 74 years, 10 months and seven days.
  On January 20, 1901, he was united in marriage to Minnie Barton and has lived his entire life in Appanoose and Wayne counties. He came to Seymour 26 years ago where he made his home until his passing.
  He was an energetic and honest man in his dealings with his fellow men.  During his long life he won to himself a host of friends.  He was always interested in everything that had to do with the upbuilding and betterment of his community.
  In March, 1922, he was elected member of the Seymour school board and remained a member for 17 years.  In 1925 he was elected president and server in that capacity until his retirement in March, 1939.
  He was a loving husband, a good neighbor and true friend.  He was loved, honored and respected by his neighbors and friends.
  He leaves to mourn his passing, his loving companion, three brothers, Jesse Butler of Des Moines; Lafayette and Asa R. Butler of Seymour; three sisters, Mrs. Belinda Willis of Seymour; Mrs. Emma Hiatt of Centerville and Mrs. Verna Johnson of Silvia, Ill., other relatives and a host of friends.
Shall claim of death cause us to grieve,
And make our courage faint or fall?
Nay, let us faith and hope receive
The rose still grows beyond the wall.
  I wish to express my sincere thanks to neighbors and friends who were so kind and helpful to me during my recent bereavement.  The many beautiful floral offerings and funeral services were all so much appreciated.

Mrs. Elmer E. Butler
Gravestone of
Elmer Ellsworth and Minnie Butler
in the Jerome Cemetery

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