Harold Jones Butler, 93 of Rushville, formerly of Arcola, passed away at 12:24 P.M. on Wednesday, July 1, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville. At his side was his wife of 66 years, Donna (Carrothers) Butler.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at the Edwards Funeral Home, 221 East Main St., Arcola. Rev. Brent Budd officiated. Burial with military rites wasconducted by the Arcola VFW and American Legion will be held in the Arcola Cemetery. Visitation was held two hours prior to the funeral from 11:00 to 1:00 at the funeral home. Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville assisted with local arrangements. The family asks that you please observe all social distancing guidelines and that you please wear a mask.
Harold was born on January 5, 1927 in Charleston, IL. He was a son of Jones and Verbal (Henninger) Butler. He married Donna Carrothers on November 15, 1953.
Along with Donna, Harold is survived by three sons and their families: Scott and Linda of Rushville, Illinois; Jeff and Mary of Monticello, Illinois; and Bryan and Linda of Ankeny, Iowa. Harold also leaves grandchildren Brad and Keith Butler, Emily and Mitchell Hynek and Ellen Butler, Ben and Annie Butler, Sarah and Chris Schinckel, Laura and Josh Borchert and great grandchildren Libby, Jack, Liz, Grant, Logan, Rae Lyn, Mary Kate (who, to great grandma’s dismay always wanted to sit on great grandpa’s lap), Rylan, Emileigh and Alice.
Harold was predeceased by his parents, his brother Hobart Milton Butler, and his sister Evelyn Mae Atkins.
In 1945 Harold was drafted into the United States Army during World War II before completing his senior year of high school and served in Korea. After being honorably discharged from the Army at the rank of corporal he returned to Arcola and worked as a farm hand for local farmers and at Koehne Manufacturing in Mattoon, Illinois. After marrying Donna on November 15, 1953, he worked as a hired man for Myron Whisnand. (Harold lost his right thumb to the corn picker while at Whisnand’s, and subsequently acquired the name “Grandpa Thumb”.) He and Donna then moved to the Howsmon farm west of Arcola in 1955 and he began his life-long pursuit of farming. In addition, he later took on the job of rural mail carrier while continuing to farm. In 1993, Harold retired from active farming and he and Donna moved to town, and eventually to Rushville.
He was a member of the VFW, Lions Club, and for decades the First Christian Church of Arcola. He traveled extensively, having been to all 50 states, and absolutely loved farming and gardening. Harold was a hardworking, Christian man, who taught his children how to live by his example: working every day but Sunday, going to church, and dearly loving his wife and family.
Memorials may be given to the First Christian Church of Arcola, Illinois or the First Christian Church of Rushville, Illinois.