Edward R. Butler, 76, of McPherson, passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2013, surrounded by his family at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita.
He was a retired college professor and administrator, having worked at Emporia State University, McPherson College, and Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
Ed was born on Sept. 16, 1936, in Eldora, Iowa, the son of David L. and Zelma I. (Pierce) Butler. He graduated from Eldora High School. He received a Bachelor’s degree from McPherson College and Master’s and PhD degrees from State University of New York at Buffalo.
On Jan. 24, 1958, he was united in marriage to Judith E. Brammell at the Lone Star Church of the Brethren near Lawrence, Kan.
He was a member and deacon of the McPherson Church of the Brethren, where he chaired the leadership team and finance committee. He was also a member of Light Capital Kiwanis Club, Roosevelt Elementary School Site Council, served on the board of the McPherson County Community Foundation, and was a former director the Elderhostel Program at Emporia State University.
Survivors include: his wife, Judy of the home; son, Jeff Butler and wife, Angela, of McPherson, Kan.; daughters, Linda Brittingham of Dowagiac, Mich., and Nancy Moyer and husband, Forrest, of McPherson, Kan.; sister, Eileen Butler of Hillsboro, Kan.; brother, Donald Butler and wife, Velva, of Grundy Center, Iowa; eight grandchildren, Isabelle, Ivanna, Israel, Ilanna, and Isaiah Moyer and Hannah, Zachary, and Abigale Butler.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Mark Edward Butler, daughter, Beth Ann Butler, and brother-in-law, Roger Brammell.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m., Monday, April 1, 2013, at McPherson Church of the Brethren with Rev. Chris Whitacre and Rev. Kathryn Whitacre officiating. A private inurnment will be held at a later date in the McPherson Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Edward & Judith Butler Student Leadership Scholarship at McPherson College or the McPherson Church of the Brethren in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460. Personal condolences may be sent to the family at www.stockhamfamily.com.