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309 W. Parkdale Avenue
Manistee, MI 49660
Phone: (231) 723-1117
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David Butler

David Carleton Butler

Thursday, April 20th, 1944 - Thursday, February 20th, 2020
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David Carleton Butler, age 75, of Manistee died Thursday, February 20, 2020, at his home with his wife & daughter by his side.

He was born on April 20, 1944, in Battle Creek, MI, the son of the late Everett & Velma (Luoma) Butler. He spent his youth in the Upper Peninsula and later attended Adventist Schools. He went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Western Michigan University. He moved to Manistee in 1970 and began a 50 year career with the Manistee Area Public Schools. On December 29, 1975, he married Nancy J. Erdmann at Trinity Lutheran Church in Onekama.

Dave attended Trinity Lutheran Church in Manistee and was a member of the Senior Choir. He enjoyed photography and had numerous photos and articles appear in several publications. He also enjoyed playing Scrabble, watching Jeopardy and Seinfeld, reading, doing jigsaw puzzles, as well as being very active around the house and outdoors. He cherished his role as a father.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy of Manistee, daughter Rachel (Eduardo) Hernandez of Las Vegas, NV, siblings Brian (Judy) Butler, Martin (Lisa) Butler, Jon (Sari) Butler, & Joanne (Michael) Gilkey, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Glendon, August 30, 2019.

Funeral Services for David Butler will be held on Saturday, February 29, 2020, at 1:00 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manistee with Pastor Dennis Rahn officiating. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the church Saturday from 12 Noon until time of service. A luncheon will be served following the service.

Memorials in Dave’s name may be directed to the Manistee County Library.

Please visit Dave’s personal page of memories at Arrangements by the Oak Grove Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Manistee.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 29th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Saturday, February 29th, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Trinity Lutheran Church in Manistee
    420 Oak Street
    MANISTEE, MI 49660
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, February 29th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, February 29th, 2020 1:00pm
    Trinity Lutheran Church in Manistee
    420 Oak Street
    MANISTEE, MI 49660
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Dennis Rahn
  • Interment

    Trinity Lutheran Cemetery


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LeeAnn Hansen

Posted at 10:39am
I remember Mr. Butler from MHS back in the 80s. I worked in the library with him. He ran a very strict library but he was a good guy. I learned a lot working under him in the library. My condolences to the family.

Bruce & Amy, Zach & Caity, Jacob & Eli

Posted at 05:59am
Dave will remain in our hearts forever.
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