Cyril Thomas Butler (May 6, 2020)

Cy Butler photoJune 26, 1925 ~ May 6, 2020

Monday, May 11, 2020
2:00 PM
Harlan Cemetery
Harlan, IA
(get directions)

Wife – Beverly Butler of Harlan, IA
5 Children – Sharon (Significant Other, John Ohlinger) Blum of Woodbine, IA
Pamela (Lawrence) Rold of Harlan, IA
Connie (Woody) De Forest of Woodbine, IA
Tom (Diane) Butler of Harlan, IA
Scott (Significant Other, Linda Stuhr) Butler of Harlan, IA
1 Sister – Margaret Ann Reinsch of Lincoln, NE
18 Grandchildren
48 Great-grandchildren
11 Great-great-grandchildren
Nieces and Nephews
Other Relatives and Friends

Cyril “Cy” Thomas Butler, son of John Eugene and Sarah Jane (Quirk) Butler, was born on June 26, 1925, in Jefferson, Iowa. He was baptized at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jefferson. Cy attended Jefferson schools and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1943. On July 20, 1945, Cy married Beverly Doreen Gunion in Jefferson.

Cy first worked for area farmers, and then for Friendly Foods Stores and Square Deal Grocery Stores for Ouren Goodrich. In 1960, Mr. Goodrich transferred the Butler family to Harlan, Iowa, where Cy served as the meat manager for Goodrich Grocery Store (later known as Olson’s Grocery Store). Following the grocery store’s closing, he was employed as a meat cutter at Jim’s Wholesale Meats in Harlan. Cy later worked for Darwin Larsen at the Car Connection in Harlan.

Cy’s wonderful sense of humor showed through his sharing of smiles and jokes. Known to many as “The Candy Man”, Cy was often seen walking around Harlan with his small dog, “Tina”, handing out candy. The riding lawn mower he inherited from his father was his pride and joy, and he loved using it to give his grandchildren rides around the block. Family and friends were important to him and he treasured spending time with them.

Cyril “Cy” T. Butler died on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at his home in Harlan, Iowa. He had reached the age of 94 years, 10 months, and 10 days.

Cy was preceded in death by his parents; one infant sister, Mary Louise Butler; one brother-in-law, Robert Reinsch; one grandson, Adam Rold; one great-grandson, Jason Hald; one great-granddaughter, Charley Falkena; and one great-great-granddaughter, Paisley Rief. He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Beverly Butler; five children, Sharon (Significant Other, John Ohlinger) Blum of Woodbine, Iowa, Pamela (Lawrence) Rold of Harlan, Iowa, Connie (Woody) De Forest of Woodbine, Iowa, Tom (Diane) Butler of Harlan, Iowa, and Scott (Significant Other, Linda Stuhr) Butler of Harlan, Iowa; one sister, Margaret Ann Reinsch of Lincoln, Nebraska; 18 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

A graveside service and burial was held on Monday, May 11, 2020, at the Harlan Cemetery, Harlan, Iowa. Rev. Hank Gruver led the service. Cy’s loving grandsons and granddaughters served as casket bearers. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be left online at

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5 Responses to Cyril Thomas Butler (May 6, 2020)

  1. Loren and Janice Jepsen says:

    Our sincere sympathy to Beverly and Cy’s entire family. Cy was one of the first people we met and became acquainted with when we were married and moved to Harlan in 1967. We lived in the apartments over the Theater and Olson’s grocery store was close and we shopped there frequently. Of course the highlight of each visit to the store was visiting with Cy who ALWAYS had a joke to share. Loren worked for Klitgaard and Petsche Contractors and I was the secretary of the Harlan National Bank and, even after we moved back to Schleswig in 1979, we kept in touch with Cy and Bev and, until recent years, he and Bev attended the Applefest Craft Show in Woodbine and he still had a joke, given with instructions “to be sure and tell Loren”, and, of course a piece of candy. He was a wonderful man, full of fun, life and lots of love for everyone – a real Angel here on earth! I am sure he was welcomed to Heaven with open arms and will make everyone happy with his warm smile and gentle nature. May God grand all of you His eternal Peace and we will see Cy again when we join him in our real home in Heaven. God Bless you all.

    Janice and Loren Jepsen

  2. Melanie Farley says:

    I am a friend of Pam’s. I remember going to their house & Cy would always be teasing us or having fun. He always made us feel welcome, as did Beverly. When Cy worked in the grocery store uptown, he would always greet you with a smile & a teasing comment. My grandmother & mother also, had fond memories of Cy. He will be missed. A great guy, a great person.

  3. Margaret Ann Reinsch says:

    I will miss my big brother! He was always there for me.

  4. Patrick Goeser says:

    Sorry for your loss. Will always remember Cy’s jokes and stories he would share at Jim’s. Great guy! Pat and Diane Goeser

  5. Don Butler says:

    Great memories of growing up and working together

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