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John “Jack” Butler, 82

Apr 10, 2010

Winnebago — John “Jack” Butler, age 82, of Winnebago, died April 6, 2010, at Parker Oaks Communities in Winne-bago. Funeral services were held April 10, 2010, at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, in Winnebago. The Rev. Wane Souhrada officiated. Burial was in Basey Cemetery, rural Winnebago. Spencer-Owen Funeral Home in Winnebago was in charge of arrangements.

Jack was born Oct. 20, 1927, at Nashville Township, Winnebago, the son of Cecil and Beatrice (French) Butler. Jack was raised on his parent’s farm in Nashville Township and attended Winnebago and Truman Public Schools graduating from Truman Public School. In 1944, Jack served in the South Pacific as a 1st Class Petty Officer and was a part of the See-Bee Branch of the United States Navy. In 1946, Jack returned to Winnebago and was united in marriage to Leonora M. Wright on Feb. 11, 1951, in Winnebago. Besides his love of farming, Jack was a manager of Shelby Farmers Mutual Fire Insurance Company in Amboy, director at First National Bank in Winnebago, director on North Star Mutual Wind Insurance Company, and was part owner of the First National Agency in Winnebago.

Jack was a member of the Basey Church until its closing, then he transferred to the First Methodist Church in Winnebago. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #82 in Winnebago, Odd Fellows and the Masonic Lodge. Jack loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them.

Jack is survived by his wife, Leonora Butler, of Winnebago; son, Mike (Deb) Butler, of Winnebago, and their children, Eugene (Abby Faber) Butler, and Clinton (Jamie) Butler; daughter, Vicki (Kevin) Grant, of Blue Earth, and their children, Laurie (Gabe) da Silveira, Jennifer (Justin) Pfaffinger, and James Grant; daughter, Kim (Jeff) Wikre, of Berthaud, Colo., and their children, Trevor (Traci) Wikre, Jared Wikre and Danielle Wikre; two greatgrandchildren, Dizel Butler and Lua da Silveira; and many nieces and nephews.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Merva Dobie; brothers-in-law, Mert Dobie, George Eisenmenger, and Gerald Carson.

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