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Obituary Condolences

Joseph A. Butler III, 89, Mission Hills, Ks., passed away July 30, 2013 at Bickford of Mission Springs. Father Tom Kearns will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., Monday, August 5, at the Cathedral of St. Peter, KCK. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, KCK. Visita- tion will begin at 2:30 p.m. Sunday with Father Harry Schneider saying the Rosary, and will continue until 5 p.m. at Joseph A. Butler & Son Fu- neral Home, 19th & Minnesota Ave., KCK. The family suggests memorials to Sisters, Servants of Mary, 800 N. 18th, KCK 66102, Catholic Charities Hospice, 9740 W. 87th St., Overland Park, KS 66212 or Sanctuary of Hope, 2601 Ridge, KCK 66102 Mr. Butler was born December 16, 1923 in Kansas City, Kansas to Jo- seph A. Butler, Jr. and Naydene Rhodus Butler. He grew up in the Parkwood area of KCK, where he at- tended St. Rose of Lima Grade School, and was a member of the Class of 1941 at Wyandotte High School. Mr. Butler attended the Uni- versity of Kansas, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fra- ternity. During WWII, he served first, with the Army Air Corps and later, with the 3rd Army in Europe. Following the war, he officially entered the family funeral business, founded by his grandfather in 1905. Officially, because, as an eager youngster of eight, his first funeral responsibilities included installing and collecting the exact number of folding chairs from houses, when funeral services were still held in family homes. Mr. Butler graduated from the Kansas City College of Mortuary Science in 1949. In 1964, he and his father formed a business partnership with father and son funeral directors, Phil and Paul Gibson. He was president of that business at the time of his death. Through the years, he served as president of the KC Funeral Direc- tors Assoc., was a member of vari- ous professional organizations and was a former member of the Board of Directors of Donnelly College. In 1951, Mr. Butler was elected Wyan- dotte County Coroner; an office he held until 1963. He was a Life Mem- ber of the VFW, as well as, the American Legion Post 188 and the 40 & 8 Local 762. His memberships also included the Fitzsimmons and Lafayette Councils of the Knights of Columbus, the Downtown (KCK) Ro- tary Club, Kaw Valley Investors, FOE, AOH and Monkey Club. Dad was a former president of the Top O' the Mornin' Club and was honored as its Man of the Year in 1996. He was a one-time member of the Terrace Club and Victory Hills C.C. and was proud to be an honorary member of the KCK Polish-American Club. Mr. Butler was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Malloy Butler, on February 9, 1997 and dear friend, Jodie Armacost in 2009. He leaves his children, Barbara Butler (Joseph Vogrin) and Joseph A. "Jay" Butler IV (JoAnn Butaud). There are not enough words to ex- press our gratitude to everyone at Bickford Assisted Living, Catholic Charities Hospice and Sisters, Ser- vants of Mary for the exceptional care and camaraderie given to our father; and to all the family and friends who visited and sent their good wishes and prayers during Dad's final illness. (Arr.: Joseph A. Butler & Son, 913- 371-7000; butlerandsonfuneral- home.com)
Published in Kansas City Star from Aug. 1 to Aug. 2, 2013
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