Woodrow W. Butler, 94, of Blackfoot, passed away peacefully in his sleep Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at his home in Blackfoot.
He was born Sept. 17, 1918, in Idaho Falls to Ralph Francis and Carrie Lenore Beckley Butler. He was the middle child of 15 children, 14 of whom lived to maturity. He was raised on a homestead in the Bone Willow Creek area of Bingham County. He attended school through the third grade in that area. After the school district closed there, the family moved to Idaho Falls for school in the fall and later bought a small place in Blackfoot, where he attended school through tenth grade.
Then, he and his brothers tended to the cattle on the homestead during the winter until he was inducted into the Army in June 1941. He served in the States, including protecting the Golden Gate Bridge until 1943, when he was transferred to the Philippines and the Pacific Theater until the end of the war. He was discharged in November 1945 and worked several jobs, mostly railroad, until he and later his brother leased the homestead from their father.
They continued the ranching operation and in 1955, he met and married Bertha May Halton, a school teacher at Firth.
They continued the ranching operation and in 1958, they purchased the old Hebe Taylor farm on Rich Lane near Blackfoot for a winter base. They purchased the homestead in about 1970, which they still own.
Woodrow served his ranching and farming community in many ways throughout his life with roles on the Eastern Idaho Grazing Association as a director for 20 years and as vice president for 10 years, and on the board of directors for the Eastern Idaho Water and Blackfoot Slough Companies. He received the Million Miles in the Saddle Award from the Idaho Cattlemen's Association for his outstanding achievements and contributions to the sustainability of the cattle industry.
They are the parents of five children, two boys and three girls: Brett W. Butler (son, Cole), Rance B Butler (sons, Slade and Dillon Woodrow, daughters, Jenny Lou, Serena and Samantha (Ryan) Nolis), Carol Ann Butler Reid (sons, Tye (Heidi), Lucas and Conner), Terri Lee Butler (Jonathan) Bates and Kristi Lin Butler; and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave. in Blackfoot Family will meet with friends and loved ones one hour prior to services. A life celebration will be held at the Elks Lodge following the service.
Those who are unable to attend the service may view the live broadcast online during the time of the service only at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Southeast Idaho Community Action Agency (SEICCA) in Blackfoot.
Condolences may be sent to the family at condo lences@hawkerfuneral home.com.