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“Dear Butler Family, I was very sad to hear of Mr. Butler's passing. Mr. Butler was one of my favorite teachers when I was a student at L&M. Later...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: Maureen Funk - Princeton, MO

“I was saddened to hear of Mr. Butler's passing. He was my favorite teacher in school and he was also my coach. At that time in my life, he was also...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Sherry Anderson - L-M Student

“My condolences go out to his family and know that his memory will always live on. Mr. Butler was my favorite teacher in H.S.!!! I graduated in 1979...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Tinya J. Harl-McCallum

“Steve, I just saw your Dad downtown this spring showing his Art for the Gallery walk downtown. It was good to see him out and about. So sorry for...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Barb Swift - washington, IA

“Dave and Steve, I'm sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. Losing a parent is so hard. Please know I'm thinking of you and your families and you...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Pam McDermott (McClure) - Denver, CO

“I worked on his telephone many times over the years and always sat down and had a nice talk with him and Margret. He was a very nice gentleman. I see...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Randy Payne - Washington, IA

“Mr. Butler was my favorite teacher in high school. My thoughts are with you. Joan Muhs ”
7 of 16 | Posted by: Joan (SyWassink) Muhs - MN

“I am saddened to hear of your loss. Mr. Butler was by far one of the best teachers I have had. He made class very interesting and exciting. I...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Lynn Nichols Adams

“My prayers go out to your family. I was a student of Mr. Butler's at L&M School. He was a great teacher and one of my favorites. I was not aware of...Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Lynn Bartenhagen - Muscatine, IA

“Dear Barb and Margaret and family, Our condolences to you and all your family. We remember your Dad through Lion's involvement. He worked hard...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Mary Carol and Jack Fish

“Jim was one of the best teachers--perhaps the best teacher L-M ever had when he was at the top of his game. He was an inspiration and a role model...Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Clark "Mick" McFerren - Iowa City, IA

“My condolences to your family on the passing of your father. Mr. Butler was a well respected teacher in the LM school district. I had the privilege...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Sue Hills - Fruitland, IA

“Barb and family, So saddened to learn of your dads death. I so enjoyed working with him as a deacon. Visiting him at Halcon House was such a...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Dee Smith - Pella, IA

“I was sorry to hear of Mr. Butler's passing. My condolences go out to his family. I had him as a teacher and student council adviser at L-M over 30...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Kim Thompson - Fruitland, IA

“i am sad to see james passing. i know the pain that it brings, but one thing needs to be remembered, he is now gone home. no more pain and suffering....Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: jeff bahr - fort worth, TX

“Our sympathies and prayers for peace and comfort to Jim's family. We, too, will miss Jim. For years he was the the organizing power that kept...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: David Stoufer & Rachel Nicola


James Leon “Jim” Butler, 83, of Washington, died Saturday, July 2, 2011 at the Washington County Hospital in Washington following a decline in health.

Celebration of life services will be held 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at the Jones & Eden Funeral Home with Rev. Herb Yoder officiating. Visitation will be held following the service from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday. Private family services will take place at the Cambrian Cemetery near Cotter. Memorials have been established to Hospice of Washington County and the Halcyon House Good Samaritan Fund. Online condolences may be sent for Jim’s family through the web at www.jonesfh.com.

Jim was born October 11, 1927 in Livermore, Iowa the son of Luther W. and Maude (Humble) Butler. He graduated from Livermore High School. Jim completed his Bachelor and Master degrees in Political Science at the University of Iowa. He served in the United States Navy from 1946 to 1947. Jim was a teacher at Louisa-Muscatine High School for twenty four years. He was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Washington where he was a Deacon. Jim was a past member of the Lions Club. He was a Melvin Jones Fellow, received the Warren Coleman Award and was awarded the Lion of the Year Award. Jim also received the teacher of the year award

Jim is survived by his children, David Butler of Davenport, Iowa; Stephen and wife Jaysri Butler of St. Joseph, Missouri; Margaret and husband Mike Gaillard of Pueblo West, Colorado; Barbara and husband Steve Liebe of Washington, Iowa; grandchildren, Stephanie Liebe of Daejon, South Korea; Alicia Liebe of Iowa City, Iowa; James Butler of St. Joseph, Missouri; and Elizabeth Butler of St. Joseph, Missouri; one brother, Ralph Butler of Harriett, Missouri; and one sister, Linda Bahr of Livermore, Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Margaret (Peggy); brother, Charles Butler; and his sisters, Mary Colwell; and Eva Lou Ferstl.