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Marion Lowell Butler Obituary

[From the Peoria Journal Star, Peoria, Illinois, 3 May 1997, p. D10.]

Marion Butler

BLANDINSVILLE -- Marion Lowell Butler, 61, of 4850 N. 2300th Road died at 7:01 a.m. Friday, May 2, 1997, at Burlington Medical Center in Burlington, Iowa. Born Oct. 22, 1935, in Blandinsville Township, McDonough County, to Lowell and Etta Hendrickson Butler, he married Dolores Van Arsdale on Oct. 23, 1960, in Raritan. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Phillip of rural Blandinsville and Doug of Lincoln; one daughter, Janice Butler-Derris of Lombard; two brothers, Gary of LaHarpe and David of Blandinsville; one sister, Jane Mohr of Terre Haute, Ill.; and two grandchildren.

He attended Western Illinois University for two years. He earned his bachelor's degree in agricultural economics from the University of Illinois in 1957. He served in the Naval Reserves.

He was a farmer and cattleman. He was a member of First Christian Church in Blandinsville, where he was a former trustee.

He was a treasurer and past master of Blandinsville Masonic Lodge. He was a member of Mohammed Temple, Shrine of Peoria.

He served on the Northwestern School Board. He was president of the Tri-County Cattlemen. He was president in 1990 of the Illinois Beef Association. He was a member of the National Cattlemen's Association, where he served on the executive and nominating committees and as Region 3 vice president from 1991 to 1992.

He was secretary/treasurer of the Illinois Beef Council from 1995 to 1996. He was the Illinois representative to the National Cattleman's Beef Board and served on its board of directors. He was a representative of the U.S. Meat Export Federation board of directors for 1997. He served on the board of directors of First National Bank-OmniBank.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at his church. The Revs. Barry Parker and Mike Deblois will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Blandinsville, with Masonic rites by his lodge at 6 p.m. Burial will be in Glade City Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to his church or the American Cancer Society.