Sunday, December 18, 2016
Levi Lafayette Butler, 1870-1956
L[evi] L[afayette] Butler, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. T. Butler was born Oct. 29, 1870, in Appanoose county, near Seymour, where he made his home with his parents. On Sept. 16, 1896, he was united in marriage to Cynthia Olive Fenley and to this union were born two sons.
He purchased a farm east of Seymour where he was engaged in farming and stock raising until the year 1918, when he moved to Seymour where he made his home until the time of his passing.
He was converted and united with the Baptist church of Seymour during the pastorate of Lenny Clemons.
Mr. Butler was honest in his dealings with his fellow men; he had a cheerful disposition, he was loved and respected by all who knew him. He was a good father, and a kind husband and was always willing to lend a hand to those who were in need.
His companion passed away June 21, 1917. He lived along until June 1, 1943, when he was united in marriage to Jennie Brown. They made their home on East Wall street.
He enjoyed good health and kept busily engaged until his recent illness. He suffered a stroke Aug. 15 and was taken to the Wayne county hospital. He passed away Aug. 23 at the age of 85 years, nine months and 25 days. All was done that medical science could do, but to no avail.
He leaves to mourn his passing his companion; two sons, Glen Butler of Pontiac, Mich., and John Butler of Port Byron, Ill.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Asa of Seymour and Jesse of Des Moines, and two sisters, Emma Hiatt of Centerville and Verna Johnson of Silvis, Ill. He also leaves several nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. W. M. Cleeton Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Liggett Funeral home. Burial was in Southlawn cemetery.
Pallbearers were nephews, Gerald Butler, Hiatt Butler, Roy Darrah, Ralph Butler, Merrill Hiatt and Claude Butler.
Mrs. Vernon Cain played the piano for selected hymns.
CARD OF THANKS
We wish to show our appreciation and thanks to all who were so kind during the illness and after the death of our husband and father.
Your kindness never will be forgotten.
Mrs. Lafe Butler
Mr. and Mrs. Glen Butler and family
Mr. and Mrs. John Butler and family