Jacob Butler 1847-1918
Posted By: Kathy Weaver (email)
Date: 3/25/2019 at 15:59:14
The Villisca Review
Friday, May 24th, 1918
OLD RESIDENT PASSES AWAY. Jacob Butler Answers Summons Saturday Afternoon After Living Many Years in Community. A HIGHLY RESPECTED CITIZEN. Was a Member of the G.A.R. Having Enlisted in the Union Army at the Age of Sixteen.
Jacob Butler, an old resident and substantial citizen of this vicinity, passed away at his home, one mile north of Villisca, Saturday afternoon, May 18th, at 2:30 o’clock. He had been ill only a short time, having been taken sick with a cold on Friday of the preceding week. Other complications set in a few days later and resulted in his death. At the time of his death he was 71 years and 28 days old.
Jacob Butler, son of Leonard and Barbara Butler, was born in Highland county, Ohio, April 21, 1847. At the age of sixteen he enlisted in Company E 131st Ohio Heavy Artillery and served the last two years of the war.
August 4, 1867, he was married to Miss Rebecca Hart in Highland county, Ohio. To this union five children were born, William O., dying in infancy. Those living are Mrs. Emma Kuhn of McAllen, Texas; Mrs. Minnie Moritz, Mrs. Daisy Selley and Frank Butler of this place.
Mr. Butler came to Iowa in 1869, settling in Montgomery county near Villisca, and lived in Montgomery and Page counties since that time with the exception of nine years which he spent in Smith county, Kansas. He lived on his farm one mile north of Villisca thirty-four years prior to his death. Mrs. Rebecca Butler died May 20, 1905.
He was married September 17, 1907, to Miss Grace Gardner of Villisca, at Hillsboro, Ohio. To this union three children were born: Jacob Leonard, Grace Louise and Barbara Pearl, all living. Besides these there are nine grandchildren and one cousin, Mrs. Isabel Loper, surviving him.
Mr. Butler was a member of the Villisca Post G.A.R. 271. He was not a member of any church but frequently attended, and always supported church work. He was a kind husband and father, and a good substantial citizen and neighbor, who will be greatly missed by many friends here.
The funeral service was held at 2:30 Monday afternoon, May 20th, from the Methodist church of Villisca, Rev. E.S. Mencher officiating. Interment was made in the Villisca cemetery.
The relatives who came from a distance to attend the funeral are: T.P. Case and family, and Harry Case and family from College Springs, Iowa, Alfred Griffith of Clarinda, and Mrs. M.A. Kuhn of McAllen, Texas.
Montgomery Obituaries maintained by Karon S. Velau.
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