Jack Reese Butler, the son of Thomas Edwin and Hazel Marie (Reese) Butler, was born February 29, 1928, in Kent, Iowa. Jack entered eternal rest Monday, August 13, 2018, at the Lenox Care Center, Lenox, Iowa, at the age of ninety years.
Jack attended the Platte #9 Prairie Star Country School in Union County, Iowa. He rode his horse “Twinkle” to school and switched to a Model A during the 6th grade. He would start driving a school bus his sophomore year in high school. He graduated from Cromwell High School, Cromwell, Iowa, with the class of 1947. Jack was united in marriage to Isabelle Jean Thompson on August 10, 1950, in Creston, Iowa. Three children were born to this union: Jack, Kady, and Kelly. Jack entered the Army on January 22, 1953 and served his country stateside during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on January 21, 1955. Jack was united in marriage to Lola Grace Ellis on April 23, 1966, in Prescott, Iowa.
Jack enjoyed farming and this was his life’s passion. He farmed all his life raising corn and soybeans. He also raised hogs and cattle in his early years. Jack took much pride in being the first to have his crops planted each spring and the first to have his crops out in the fall. Jack had many interests. He enjoyed farm auctions, deer and coyote hunting, tractor pulls, and trying to attend the Iowa State Fair every year. He attended numerous Indianapolis 500 car races over the years and missed only a few.
Jack was a member of the VFW Post and the American Legion Parkinson Post #250 in Lenox. He was the youngest Shriner in the state of Iowa in 1950, belonging to the Za-Ga-Zig Temple in Des Moines, Iowa. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Left to cherish Jack’s memory are his children: Jack (Cheryl) Butler, Creston, Iowa; Kady (John) Russell, Lenox, Iowa; Kelly (Norma) Butler, New Market, Iowa; three grandchildren: Taylor Butler; Christopher Hogan; T.J. Butler; several great-grandchildren; foster sister: Pearl (Richard) Lenon, Converse, Indiana; sister-in-law: Jeannie Baker, Red Oak, Iowa.
Preceding Jack in death were his parents, and wife Lola on August 30, 2010.