Thursday, February 18, 2010

Curtis Butler, 72 of Washburn, passed away on Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at his home. He was born in Thomas Hollow, in Barry County on Nov. 28, 1937, son of Claude and Vesta (Hoog) Butler.

He moved with his family to Porterville, Calif., and became a cowboy, who was very involved with the rodeo circuit and team roping. On Nov. 3, 1956, he married Glenda Sharon Bennett in Porterville, Calif.

He worked as a carpenter most of his life. Curtis was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in 1972 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif. In 1999, he and his family moved back to Thomas Hollow and lived within four miles of his original birthplace until his passing. His love of children influenced his decision to become involved in the foster care system, where he touched the lives of numerous children.

Survivors include: his wife of 53 years, Sharon, of Washburn; five daughters, Teresa Castleberry, and her husband, Jeff, of Bolivar, Tenn., Edythe Lane, and her husband, Jack, of Wheaton, Diana Butler, of Forsyth, Cheyenne Butler, of Washburn, and Lanie Butler, of Washburn; two sons, Jack Butler and his wife, Sheila, of Tulare, Calif., and Phillip Butler, of the state of Ohio; three brothers, Jack Hicks and Kenneth Laney, both of Porterville, Calif., and Ray Butler, of Hanford, Calif.; 16 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Ruth Davis.

A private immediate burial was held at Washburn Prairie Cemetery in Washburn. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, February 27 at 2 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Cassville.