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Thomas David Butler

Jan 27, 2012

Thomas David Butler

Thomas David Butler, age 91, passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2012, at the Pembina County Memorial Hospital in Cavalier, ND.

Tom was born September, 19, 1920, to Charles and Lillie (Sherritt) Butler, in Logan, ND. Tom, the youngest of six children, spent his early years in Berthold, ND, where his father owned a lumber yard. The family later moved to Bantry, ND, where he graduated high school.

Tom worked in the McHenry County Auditor’s office until he joined the United States Army in 1942. After his honorable discharge as a Second Lieutenant in 1946, Tom attended the University of North Dakota, where he obtained his law degree.

Following graduation, Tom moved his family to Cavalier where he became a partner in the law practice of H.B. Spiller. Following Spiller’s death, Tom continued practicing law in Cavalier, retiring in his mid-eighties.

On Nov. 9, 1944, he married Yvonne Thorson at North Chapel at Camp Haan, Riverside, CA.

Tom was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church where he was an enthusiastic choir member. Prior to his death, Tom resided at Wedgewood Manor, Cavalier, with his wife Yvonne.

Survivors include his children, Tom Butler, Jr., of Fargo, Lanny (Diane) Butler of Crozet, VA, and Deb (Rick) Torkelson of Washburn, ND; and grandchildren, Elisabeth Butler, Andrew Butler, Amy (Brandon) Miller, and Katie Torkelson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters; one brother; and son, Jeff.

A memorial service was held Saturday, January 7, at the Jensen-Askew Funeral Home in Cavalier with Pastor Lori Broschat officiating and Christine Hughes providing the music. Military rites were performed by the Lavern J. Thompson Post #11, Cavalier American Legion. Burial was in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, ND. An online guestbook may be signed at www.askewfuneralhome.com.

Arrangements by Jensen-Askew Funeral Home, Cavalier.

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