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John H Butler
Birth: Oct. 4, 1852
Death: Oct. 18, 1914
JOHN H. BUTLER DIED SUNDAY A.M.
Well Known Resident Of The City Succumbed After Long Illness Funeral Services Will Be Held Tuesday Afternoon
John H. Butler, a life long resident of Shelby County, a prominent Democrat and a man with a wide acquaintance, died Sunday at his home, 313 South Tompkins street. His death was caused by lung trouble which he had suffered for the last two years. He contracted the disease in August, 1912, being afflicted at that time with a heavy cold which weakened his system to such an extent that tuberculosis set in. Mr. Butler fought hard to overcome the ravages of the disease which had afflicted him. Three months of last year he spent in Colorado. He secured some benefit there, but later returned home. Some time afterward he went to Alabama. There he was forced to undergo an operation. After returning to this county he lived in a tent for a time, but for the last few months, realizing that death was hovering near, he was at his home. During the last several weeks his condition was such that he was delirious a part of the time.
During all his illness he maintained a cheerful and jovial demeanor. Lying on a bed by a large window he would wave to his friends as they passed during the day. And when one would stop to converse with him for a few moments, Mr. Butler was the John of old.
Mr. Butler was the son of the late Joseph and Rhoda Butler. He was born on a farm in Shelby township, October 4, 1852, and at the time of his death was aged sixty-two years and fourteen days. He had lived in the county all of his life and in Shelbyville for fifteen years. When he moved to this city he erected a barn on a lot in South Tompkins street and run a livery there for a number of years. Later he turned the barn into a garage which he owned at the time of his death.
Mr. Butler was married October 5, 1876, to Miss Eda Harrell. One son was born to them but died in infancy.
Besides the widow, Mr. Butler is survived by a half brother, James Butler, of Kokomo.
Always a Democrat and a hard worker, Mr. Butler was rewarded by his party which gave him the office of township assessor, which he held for five years. He was also sheriff of the county for two terms, holding this office from 1906 to 1910.
He was a member of the lodge of Odd Fellows at Smithland, the Daughters of Rebekah, the Red Men and Kiowa Council, Degree of Pocahontas. He had been a member of the Odd Fellows for thirty-four years.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock in the Lewis Creek Baptist church. Short funeral services will also be held at the late home at twelve-forty-five o'clock. The Rev. George W. Winfrey of Anderson will officiate. Burial will be made in the Lewis Creek cemetery in charge of Stewart & Fix.
Following are the names of the men who will act as pall bearers at the funeral service: John Hogue, Cecil Collins, Frank Fagel, James Courtney, James H. Williams and William Fix.
Burial: Lewis Creek Baptist Cemetery in Shelbyville, Shelby County, Indiana, USA
Source: Linda Thompson, Wabash, IN 2009