Hamilton County


Alvin H. Butler





Alvin H. Butler, 73, a life long Hamilton County resident and longtime county recorder, died Saturday, May 17 at the Mary Greeley Hospital in Ames where he had been a patient for four weeks. He had been in ill health for 1-1/2 years.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church with Rev. E. Edward Philgreen and Rev. Marilyn Buchanan officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Friends may call after 3 p.m. today until 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Foster Funeral Home.

Alvin Hale Butler, son of Homes and Grace Lyon Butler, was born Nov. 9, 1912 in Blairsburg Township. He attended Blairsburg school and graduated from Eagle Grove High School in 1931. He moved with his family to Boone and attended junior college there. In 1935, he moved to a farm northeast of Webster City.

He married Mae Thompson on Oct. 13, 1938 at Princeton, Mo. He operated a radio repair shop in Webster City and also operated a public address system used in many county events.

He entered the signal corps in 1942 at Des Moines where he received training and later became an instructor. He returned to Webster City in 1944.

Mr. Butler served as county recorder for 26 years, retiring in 1970.

He is survived by his wife; one daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Don DeHart of Fort Worth, Texas; three grandsons, Mark of College Station, Texas, Murray and Michael of Fort Worth; one sister, Miriam (Mrs. John) Bondhus of Fort Collins, Colo.; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Robert in 1964.

Mr. Butler was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, the Adult Forum of the church, Farm Bureau, Hamilton County Amateur Radio, Art Guild, and Moose Lodge. He was a former member of the Camera Club, Historian Club, Noon Kiwanis, Elks Lodge, CSP, Izaak Walton League, and was a ham radio operator for 30 years. Mr. Butler was instrumental in the fundraising for the moving of the Depot museum.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - May 19, 1986

Alvin H. Butler was born Nov. 9, 1912 to Homer and Grace Lyon Butler. He died May 17, 1986 and is buried in Graceland Cemetery, Webster City, IA.

Alvin entered the Signal Corp in 1942 at Des Moines where he received training and became an instructor.

Source: ancestry.com