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Edward R. Butler
  • Memorial donations may be given to:
  • McPherson Church of the Brethren
  • The Edward & Judith Butler Student Leader Scholarship Fund at McPherson College

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“Ed was my advisor back in 1972 at Bowling Green as I began my Masters at 22 years of age. All of the others in class were experienced teachers and I...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: John Lambert - Utica, OH

“Dr. Butler was a great advisor, professor and friend. At ESU he inspired his students to become involved in NASPA, network, find mentors, respect...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: Loralee Stevens - Tonganoxie, KS

“I'm not from McPherson but Ed welcomed me as if I was when I first met him while I was in college at Central. I enjoyed interacting with him through...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: Alana Murphy - McPherson, KS

“What a great man! I so enjoyed working with Ed in Kiwanis, especially the morning time at Roosevelt Elementary. May you feel God's blessings Judy. ”
4 of 26 | Posted by: Nancy Malone - SC

“Max and I are praying that you will feel God wrapping His arms around you in this time of unspeakable grief. Please know how much you are loved by...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: Jean Dye - Kalona, IA

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Dr. Butler's family. He was a very special person. I have fond memories of Dr. Butler when he was my Graduate...Read More »
6 of 26 | Posted by: Tamara Wilkerson (Biggerstaff) - KS

“Remembering fondly Ed's warm manner and kind guidance as I started at McPherson College. ”
7 of 26 | Posted by: Amy Howell Warner - McPherson, KS

“I want to extend my hearthelt sympathies to the family. I worked in the Dean's Office when Dr. Butler was the department chair. He was always such...Read More »
8 of 26 | Posted by: Sarah McKernan - Emporia, KS

“Thank you Dr. Butler for giving me the skills to be a good listener, volunteer, and member of a community. I will miss your passion for service,...Read More »
9 of 26 | Posted by: Steve Harmon - Emporia, KS

“I first me Ed in 1997 when he was appointed to serve on the CACREP Board of Directors. Getting to know Ed throughout the six years he served on this...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Carol Bobby - Alexandria, VA

“Judy and Family: My heart goes out to you upon the loss of Ed. He was a wonderful person to know and to work with and room with while serving on...Read More »
11 of 26 | Posted by: Don Ward - Pittsburg, KS

“Hi Jeff, and family,Just heard about your Dad. So sorry. It's not easy to loose our parents. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.Louie ”
12 of 26 | Posted by: Louie Potts Peterson - McPherson, KS

“Please know that Dr. Butler and his entire family are in my thoughts and prayers! Words cannot express how grateful I am for his wisdom and patience...Read More »
13 of 26 | Posted by: Kevin Wagner - Bloomington, MN

“Judy and family, Words can't express how influential Ed has been in my life. Although I'm sure I would have still become a therapist without him,...Read More »
14 of 26 | Posted by: Patti Peterson - Lees Summit, MO

“Ed and I were professors in the Counselor Education Department at ESU for many years; and when Ed became chair of our department, he provided...Read More »
15 of 26 | Posted by: Philip J Wurtz - Topeka, KS

“Dr. Butler was a wonderfully compassionate professional. He gave me my first professional position as a counselor educator, and was a role model for...Read More »
16 of 26 | Posted by: Dr. Colette Dollarhide - Columbus, OH

“I had the privilege to have Dr. Ed Butler as a graduate adviser and professor at ESU. He and his wife treated his students like family. What an...Read More »
17 of 26 | Posted by: Jill Binder Deno - Darien, IL

“I became acquainted with Ed when I worked at McPherson College in the 1980's. Over the years whenever he would see me around town he would always...Read More »
18 of 26 | Posted by: Kathy (Keagle) Skinner - KS

“Terry and I would like to express our sorrow to the Butler family on Ed's passing. We pray the Lord will be with you all, giving you comfort and...Read More »
19 of 26 | Posted by: Hobert Flory

“I have fond memories of being Dr. Butler's student during my days at McPherson College in the early 1980's. In the years since my family moved back...Read More »
20 of 26 | Posted by: Susan Potter Shepard - McPherson, KS

“Dr. Edward Butler was more than an instructor to those of us in the Counselor Education program at Emporia State. He was a counselor, confidant, and...Read More »
21 of 26 | Posted by: Joel Figgs - Concordia, KS

“It was a great joy to know and work with Ed. I have nothing but fond memories of him. He was a very special person in my life and I appreciated the...Read More »
22 of 26 | Posted by: Jerry Will - Emporia, KS

“Dear Judy and Family, My husband Al and I met Ed and Judy several years ago when my parents, Wayne and Lucile Gibson, resided at the Cedars...Read More »
23 of 26 | Posted by: Alan and Debbie Jensen - Gilroy, CA

“I first met Ed in 1995 when I was a junior faculty member starting out in The Teachers College at Emporia State University. He was someone whom I...Read More »
24 of 26 | Posted by: Marc Childress - Emporia, KS

“Along with Ken Weaver, I also worked with Ed during his years at Emporia State as my office in the Jones Institute was on the third floor of Visser...Read More »
25 of 26 | Posted by: Stu Ervay - Olathe, KS

“Judy and family, I worked with Ed while he was at Emporia State. He chaired Counselor Education dept and I chaired Psychology and Special Education...Read More »
26 of 26 | Posted by: Ken Weaver - Emporia, KS


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Edward R. Butler, 76, of McPherson, passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2013, surrounded by his family at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita. He was a retired college professor and administrator, having worked at Emporia State University, McPherson College, and Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Ed was born on September 16, 1936, in Eldora, Iowa, the son of David L. and Zelma I. (Pierce) Butler. He graduated from Eldora High School. He received a Bachelor's degree from McPherson College and Master's and PhD degrees from State University of New York at Buffalo.

On January 24, 1958, he was united in marriage to Judith E. Brammell at the Lone Star Church of the Brethren near Lawrence, KS.

He was a member and deacon of the McPherson Church of the Brethren, where he chaired the leadership team and finance committee. He was also a member of Light Capital Kiwanis Club, Roosevelt Elementary School Site Council, served on the board of the McPherson County Community Foundation, and was a former director the Elderhostel Program at Emporia State University.

Survivors include: his wife, Judy of the home; son, Jeff Butler and wife, Angela, of McPherson, KS; daughters, Linda Brittingham of Dowagiac, MI and Nancy Moyer and husband, Forrest, of McPherson, KS; sister, Eileen Butler of Hillsboro, KS; brother, Donald Butler and wife, Velva, of Grundy Center, IA; eight grandchildren, Isabelle, Ivanna, Israel, Ilanna, & Isaiah Moyer and Hannah, Zachary, & Abigale Butler.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Mark Edward Butler, daughter, Beth Ann Butler, and brother-in-law, Roger Brammell.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday, April 1, 2013, at McPherson Church of the Brethren with Rev. Chris Whitacre and Rev. Kathryn Whitacre officiating. A private inurnment will be held at a later date in the McPherson Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Edward & Judith Butler Student Leadership Scholarship at McPherson College or the McPherson Church of the Brethren in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home.