Earl Butler, 1932-2016

Published 9:33 am Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Earl James Butler, 83, of Rapid City, South Dakota, passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at Community Living Center Hospice at Fort Mead Medical Center in Sturgis, South Dakota.

Earl James Butler

Earl James Butler

Earl was born on Oct. 3, 1932, in Albert Lea to Harold and Minnie (Helm) Butler. He graduated from eighth grade on June 20, 1946, in Albert Lea.

He was first married to Janice Houchin, then Pat Laite and later Harriet Hemenway.

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Earl entered the United States Marine Corps in 1951 and was honorably discharged in 1954 with a rank of sergeant. He worked as a bar owner in Glenville, Smith Douglas Fertilizer Plant in Albert Lea and owned a rental store in Albert Lea.

He moved to Rapid City after retiring over 30 years ago, where he continued to enjoy boating, fishing, riding his motorcycle, riding four-wheelers up through the hills, tinkering and spending time with family and friends.

Earl is survived by his children Deb Deboer of Florida, Steve Butler of Albert Lea, Kathy (Dave) Tart of Spring Valley, Laurie (Scott) Boyer of Albert Lea and John (Cheri) Butler of Albert Lea; sisters Darlene (Gene) Engel of Glenville and Shirley (Paul) Hanson of Albert Lea; brother, Chuck (Linda) Butler, of Texas; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Barb (Bill) Hanson; brother, Gene Butler; and a brother in infancy.

Interment will be at Black Hills National Cemetery in Sturgis at a date to be determined.SoldierSaluteFlag

A gathering of family and friends is planned from noon to 3 p.m. April 30 at the American Legion in Albert Lea. Light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.