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Wayne Butler

Wayne Charles Butler was born in Union County, Iowa on September 8, 1928. He was raised by his mother, Elvira (Stauffer) and Perry Stringham.

Wayne attended school through the 8th grade, when Perry passed away. Wayne and his mother endured hard times during the Great Depression. Elvira and Wayne were close and she was a loving mother.

Elvira married Milo Morse, a World War I Veteran.

Wayne traveled as a young man, often in search of work. He worked as a laborer, mostly in well digging operations and construction. Many years he shared stories of his love for Wyoming.

Wayne married Esther Ruth Herr from Lancaster, Pennsylvania on May 25, 1958. Esther was from a Mennonite family. Esther had a son, Dwight "Ben" Herr, and the three moved back to Clearfield and then settled in Mount Ayr, IA.

Wayne and Esther had two more children, Wanda Jean (Butler-Burden) Ellis and Richard Allen Butler. Esther gave birth to another son which the family gave up for adoption. Rodney Smith was raised by a loving family near Des Moines.

Esther was a loving wife and mother to the children. She passed away on December 22, 1995.

Wayne became a resident of Mount Ayr Health Care Center in November of 2016. He was under the care of HCI Care Services (hospice) until he passed away on February 6, 2017 at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center.

Left to cherish Wayne's memory are his three children, Dwight (Marianne Wesson) Herr of Lyons, Colorado, Wanda (Gordon) Ellis of Garden City, South Carolina and Richard (special friend Rhonda Ulanicki) Butler of Lamoni, IA; 2 grandchildren Jennifer Herr and Justin Charles Burden; great grandchild Dagon Norris.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Esther.

Memorials are to the Mount Ayr Health Care Center and HCI Care Services in Mount Ayr.

In his last days at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center, and under hospice care, Wayne was shown the love of God through many helping hands. Through the love he was shown, his heart softened as he learned to love others. He was strong and courageous till the end; he finished well. He believed in our Heavenly Father. His life serves as a testimony of God's love and forgiveness for all.

Services: 2:00 p.m. Friday, Feb 10, 2017 at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa

Officiant: Pastor Bill Armstrong

Visitation: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Fri, Feb 10 at the Armstrong Funeral Home

Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr, Iowa

Memorials: In his name for the family to decide

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My deepest sympathy for your loss and condolences to the family and friends. Time and unforseen occurrences be fall all Ecc 9:11 . It is wonderful to know that soon our heavenly father is sending Jesus to solve all mankinds problems, by means of his kingdom coming here on Earth.There will be no more death, no more pain, tears, sorrow, morning ,and there will be peace and a paradise here on Earth. There is more. If your interested email me at : russt122346@gmail.com. So I can tell you from the Bible and It is all Free. It is to comfort you. Kathy Matt 6:6 - 10 Dan 2:44 Rev 21:3-5

Kathy, Feb 10 2017 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. Ed and Wayne had several good conversations and Ed heard a lot of stories from Wayne. He was telling some just today and said Wayne was quite a character. He will be missed. Prayers to all the family.

Ed and Colleen Minnick Feb 10 2017 12:00 AM

Here's some comfort you can get That's in the Lord's Prayer thy Kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Matt 6:9,10) The video is 3 mins 15 secs will bring alot of comfort. https://tv.jw.org/#en/video/VODBible/docid-502017850_1_VIDEO Also my email wanttohelponesthataresad@gmail.com and my text 919-561-8472.

Debbie Feb 10 2017 12:00 AM

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Debbie Feb 10 2017 12:00 AM

We are sorry to learn of Wayne's death. We look forward to seeing him alive again in the resurrection. Jesus promised, "Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out to a resurrection." John 5:28, 29.

Jim & Donna Adams Feb 8 2017 12:00 AM