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Robert ‘Pete’ Butler | 91 | Perry

Robert “Pete” Butler, 91, of rural Perry, passed away at his home Aug. 3, 2022 with his wife and sons by his side.
He was born March 27, 1931 in Perry, Illinois the son of Ross and Vera Smith Butler.
He married Betty Jean Bernard in Bowling Green, Missouri on June 2, 1951 and she survives.
Pete worked hard from an early age as those of his generation did, working at numerous occupations over the years, never finding anything that he couldn’t do well. He worked at various farm and construction jobs, was a top-notch apple picker, worked as a meat cutter for the Perry locker and Bergman Meat Packing Company in Pittsfield, as well as working in the timber industry and factory work, retiring from Trinity Industries in Quincy but continuing to work part time in construction and farm harvest into his 80’s. Through the years he also made extra money by shearing sheep, digging graves, and cleaning wells, cisterns and septic tanks with his father and brother Fred. Pete was never without a job, always providing for his family. He enjoyed hunting and mushrooming, pitching horseshoes, shooting pool and playing cards, and he had a love for dogs and horses. He loved his family and always enjoyed family gatherings.
He is also survived by three sons Robert (Christine), Steven (Shirley) and Gary (Janet) Butler, ten grandchildren, Rob (Mary) Butler, Angie Butler Daniels, Tawny (Zach Francis) Butler, Donald (Kim) Goewey, Tonda Eisenburg, Terry (Erica) Eisenburg, Dustin Butler, Justin (Kate) Harris, Jesse (Jodi) Butler and Tyler (Jenna) Butler. 18 great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Jerry Butler, one great grandson, two brothers Fred and Larry Butler and three sisters Darlene Butler, Anne Lawber and Jane Lawber.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022 in the Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling with his grandson Rob Butler officiating.
Those unable to attend are invited to watch Pete’s funeral service live on his obituary page of the funeral home website
Burial will follow in the Jerry Butler Memorial Cemetery south of Mt. Sterling.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the Detroit Christian Church or the American Heart Association.
Condolences for the family may be left on line at
The Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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