Joe Butler, 74, of Perry passed away Monday, Sept. 13, 2021, at his home in Perry, Iowa.
A gathering of friends will be Sunday, Sept. 19 from 4-6 p.m. at the Carris Family Funeral Home and Cremation Care in Perry. Memorials will be given to Special Olympics and may be left at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.carrisfuneralhome.com.
Joe Wayne Butler was born May 24, 1947, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Milbern Jack and Ethel Nina (Lutz) Butler.
He graduated from Dallas Center High School with the class of 1965.
Joe served in the U.S. Air National Guard of Iowa.
He was united in marriage to Barbara Jean Rothmeyer at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Perry June 22, 1968.
Joe worked at Oscar Mayer for 30 years, at IBP and then in over-the-road trucking as an independent operator until his retirement.
He was a member of the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and the Moose Lodge, was vice president of Local P1149 Union and was a member of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.
Joe enjoyed watching the Iowa Hawkeyes and sprint car racing. He also liked to go fishing and was a Perry girls softball coach.
He loved watching grandchildren’s sports and reading Westerns and war books.
In death he rejoins his parents, Jack and Ethel Butler; and his sisters, Dorothy, Imogene and Madge.
Left to cherish Joe’s memory are his wife, Barbara of Perry; children, Tami Lamon of Oklahoma City, Kari (Tony) Vess of Oklahoma City and Jack (Erin) Butler of Perry; grandchildren, Gina, Travis, Tasha, Breana, Melissa, Cody, Dylan and Chloe; 12 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Cathy Deardorff of Perry.