RICHARD LEE BUTLER DAVIS - Richard Lee Butler went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 26, 2013, after a brief illness. Born July 31, 1950, in Freeport, the son of James and Opal (Smith) Butler. He attended Dakota and Durand Schools until 1968. Richard served in the United States Marine Corp from 1968 to 1971, stationed in Okinawa, Japan and Denang, Vietnam. He owned and operated Butler Excavating, worked many years at Carter & Gruenewald, Marv Ketchump Construction and Almond Freight. He was a member of the Teamsters, NRA, American Legion Durand Gold Star Post 676, and the Illinois Farm Bureau. Surviving are his sons, Joe (Julie) Butler of Roscoe, James Butler of Durand, Lucas Butler of U.S. Army, Seoul, Korea; brother, James (Lynn) Butler of Davis; sister, Jeanee Kelley of Durand; nephew, Michael Larson; nieces, Angela Butler, Jennifer (Paul) Menzies, Lindsee (Johnnie) Cimino; grandson, Kade Butler; and many loving cousins; special canine kids, Cookie, Buck, and Blackie. Preceding him in death were his parents; sister, Rita; and special uncle, Lee Smith as well as several other uncles. Per Richard's request there will be a private ceremony for the family. Special thank you to the Monroe Hospice, especially Lisa Anderson and caregiver, Trish Mayry. Richard's family invites friends to leave condolences or light a candle in his honor at daughenbaughfh.com.
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Published in The Journal-Standard on Mar. 29, 2013