William J. "Bill" Butler , 86, passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at his residence in Centralia.
He was born Feb. 1, 1925, in Springfield, a son to Horace L. and Estelle (Davis) Butler . He was united in marriage to Kathryne McGrath on Sept. 4, 1948; and she preceded him in death.
He survived by his four daughters, Karen Chaney and husband, Bob, of Denver, Gayle Knox of Centralia, Ann McCoy and husband, Joe, of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Beth Wills and husband, Dan, of Shiloh; a son, Michael Butler and wife, Annette, of Madison, Ala.; five granddaughters, 10 grandsons; four great-granddaughters; and one great-grandson; as well as eight nephews and nieces.
1n addition to his parents; and wife; he was preceded in death by his brothers, John and Tom; and sister, Barbara.
Bill was an Army veteran of World War II, serving from June 1943 to April 1946. He served in England, France and Germany. He landed in Normandy D plus 6 (June 12, 1944).
Following the war, he enrolled at Millikin University and graduated in 1950. He worked for Central Illinois Light Co. until 1955 when he was hired as a department manager for Springfield Association of Commerce and Industry (i.e. chamber of commerce).
In 1958, be was hired by Centralia Chamber of Commerce as executive secretary and served until 1970 when he moved to Carbondale to work for R.L. Henderson and Associates, a community and industrial development consulting firm. From 1975 to 1978, he was employed by Greater Egypt Regional Planning and Development Commission as director of economic cevelopment. From 1978 to the end of 1988, when he retired, he was Marion branch manager of Southern Illinois Builders Association.
Bill moved back to Centralia in November 1997.
Over the years, Bill had been a member of many different civic and professional organizations. At his death, be belonged to Centralia Elks Lodge 493, Centralia VF W Post 2055 and Centralia American Legion Post 446.
He had been trustee of Southern Minor Laborers and Employees Fringe Benefit Funds for 26 years and Illinois Carpenters Welfare and Pension Funds for 16 years. He also had served the Carpenters Salem Vicinity Joint Apprenticeship Committee for 11 years.
Memorials in his honor may be made to American Heart Association or to American Cancer Society.