Steven Butler, 76, died August 4, 2020 at his home in rural Blairsburg following a three-year battle with cancer. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 8, 2020 at Graceland Cemetery in Webster City with Pastor Phil Webb officiating. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Foster Funeral and Cremation Center in Webster City.
Steven Ellis Butler, son of Hector and Helen (Cooper) Butler, was born February 20, 1944 in Webster City. He was raised on the family farm north of Blairsburg. Steven attended country school through the fifth grade. He transferred to the Blairsburg Public Schools in sixth grade and was a member of the last class to graduate from Blairsburg High School in 1962. Following graduation Steven joined the National Guard and received his basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. When he returned home he started farming with his father. On September 3, 1966 he married Bonnie Ford at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church near Stanhope. The couple farmed north of Blairsburg their entire married life. Two sons were born to the couple, Doyle and Todd. Steve and Bonnie enjoyed riding motorcycles and took many bike trips with friends. For many summers the family enjoyed vacationing at Coutts’ Camp on Lake of the Woods near Nestor Falls, Ontario, Canada.
Steven believed in community service. He was a member of the Blairsburg Lions Club, served on the Hamilton County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, the Hamilton County Cattlemen’s Association, and served on the Board of Trustees for Asbury United Methodist Church.
Steven is survived by his wife, Bonnie of 53 years; sons, Doyle (Janell) Butler of Cedar Rapids and Todd (Kristi) Butler of LaPorte City; special nephew and niece, Chet (Lisa) Barton of Scottsdale, Arizona and Sherri (Kathy Dozler) Barton of Des Moines; grandchildren, Dallas Butler, Cade Butler, Torie Ryan and Tia Butler; sister, Carolyn (Lyle) Hoversten of Webster City; nephews, Kim (Rebecca) Hoversten of Waukee, Kory (Nicole) Hoversten of Alexander; niece, Jennifer (Chris Olson) Hoversten of Illinois and many extended family members
Steve was preceded in death by his parents; brother Elston LeRoy Barton; sister-in-law RaNee Barton and nephew Wade Barton.
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