VeteranThomas Butler

Thomas M. Butler, 90, of Astoria died at 4 p.m. Dec. 19, 2012, at Havana Healthcare Center.

He was born May 12, 1922, in Astoria, a son of Lyle D. and Greeta Louella Horner Butler. He married Mildred Elizabeth Hamilton on June 22, 1947, in Bardolph. She preceded him in death on Oct. 17, 2010.

He also was preceded in death by one brother, Beverly Jack Butler; and one sister, Amy Hollingsworth.

Surviving are one daughter, Ellen (and Bill) Noblitt of Decatur; two sons, Joseph R. Butler of Decatur and John M. Butler of Astoria; two brothers, Lyle (and Karen) Butler of Santee, Calif., and Rodney (and Joan) Butler of Fenton, Mo.; one sister, Virginia (and Carl) McCausland of Lewistown; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, serving from 1942-46 with a rank of Platoon Sergeant.

He was a principal at Edwardsville High School. The family moved to Decatur and he became a professor at Millikin University and later was head of the Audio/Visual Department at Millikin.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church USA in Decatur, Ipava United Presbyterian Church in Ipava and Astoria Lions Club where he was past president.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria with Reverend Danie deBeer officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Hickory Cemetery in Astoria with military rites provided by Astoria American Legion Post #25.

Memorials may be made to Easter Seals Foundation or Astoria American Legion Post #25.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 12/26/2012

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