Blaine C. Butler, 92, of Denison, Iowa, died peacefully on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, with his family at his side at Eventide in Denison.
Celebration of life services were held 11 a.m. Friday, April 13, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Denison, with the Rev. David Loeschen officiating and Mary Kuhlman providing accompaniment for congregational hymns, "I’m But a Stranger Here," "Amazing Love," and "Amazing Grace." Military honors followed the service conducted by American Legion Post 66 of Charter Oak, with Kelly Meinen serving as bugler. The family then invited everyone to remain at the church for fellowship and a luncheon provided by Staley’s Catering and the Our Savior Ladies Guild. Arrangements were under the direction of Pauley Jones Pfannebecker Funeral Home of Denison.
Blaine C. Butler, son of Thomas and Blanche (King) Butler, was born on May 4, 1925, in Charter Oak, Iowa. He attended public school and graduated from Charter Oak High School in 1943. That same year, Blaine enlisted in the United States Navy serving in World War II and was honorably discharged in 1945. After serving in the Navy, Blaine returned to Charter Oak, where he married his high school sweetheart, Lois Louise Kuhlmann, on Sept. 15, 1946, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Charter Oak. From that union, four sons and one daughter were born and raised in Charter Oak.
Blaine’s years of employment started soon after returning home from the armed forces, where he worked at an electronics store. Thereafter, he became employed at Butler Motors, which was owned by his older brother, Robert Butler. In 1947, he became a rural letter carrier for the United States Postal Service until his retirement in 1981. For 15 years, Blaine worked simultaneously at the Charter Oak Grain and Elevator as a bookkeeper. After retirement, Blaine traveled to California, where he was employed in the security division of 3M Company in Camarillo, from 1982 to 1985.
Blaine and Lois moved from Charter Oak to their home on Crestview Drive in Denison in 1981, where they spent many years before relocating to SilverRidge Senior Living in 2014, where Lois currently resides. Blaine’s dedication to not only his family but his community was evidenced in many ways, some including coaching youth baseball for over 25 years, serving as a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church Council in Charter Oak as well as the Our Savior Lutheran Church Council in Denison and serving as secretary for the board of education during the consolidation of the Charter Oak and Ute schools. He was honored for his commitment to the community as Charter Oak’s Citizen of the Year in 1979.
Blaine died peacefully, with his family at his side, at Eventide in Denison, on April 11, 2018, attaining the age of 92 years, 11 months, and 7 days. As a dedicated husband, father, and grandfather, Blaine’s commitment to his family was of utmost importance and he leaves his family a legacy of caring and love.
Thankful for the years spent with Blaine and for his gift of life are his family whom he leaves behind, his wife, Lois Butler of Denison; sons, Craig Butler of Sioux City, Steven Butler of Hemet, Calif., Timothy Butler of Nipomo, Calif., and David Butler and his wife, Kristina Butler of Dunedin, New Zealand; daughter, Jill Butler and her husband, Mark McCoy of San Ramon, Calif.; grandchildren, Abby Bockholt and her husband, Nate, Paul Butler and his wife, Chloe, Anna Lukehart and her husband, Alex, Blaine Butler, Vance Butler, Natasha Fitzgibbon and her husband, Corey, and Alex Paul; great-grandchildren, Claire, Annika, Bryce and Nina Bockholt, Harriet Butler, Henrik and Emilia Lukehart, Colton, Griffin and Kennedy Fitzgibbon. In addition to his immediate family, Blaine will be missed by his many nieces, nephews, and special friends, Jim and Dorothy Leinen. Blaine’s sense of humor, determination, and compassionate nature will be held close to our hearts forever.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Ila Krueger; brothers, Robert and Richard Butler; son, Noel; and daughter-in-law, Barbara Butler.
Honorary pallbearers were John and Elsie Cookson, Anna Lukehart, Alex Paul, Iva Lee Kuhlmann, Abby Bockholt, Blaine Butler, Paul Butler, Natasha Fitzgibbon, and Vance Butler.