Friday, November 13, 2009

Elmer Ellsworth Butler, 1866-1941

Seymour Herald - 11 September 1941
Elmer E. Butler Taken Suddenly
  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 removes from this vicinity another member of a pioneer family. He had been on the streets a number of times Monday talking and joking with many friends. 
  Funeral services will be held from the Christian church in Seymour, Thursday afternoon, Sept. 11, at 2:00 o'clock.
Seymour Herald - 14 September 1941
  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 served 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 Silvis, 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.
Card of Thanks
  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

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