Gordon Butler

Gordon Butler

Saturday, July 3rd, 1937 - Friday, February 19th, 2021
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Mr. Gordon Huston Butler, 83, of Jefferson City, MO passed away peacefully on Friday, February 19, 2021 at The Neighborhoods in Columbia, MO.

He was born on July 3, 1937 in Aurora, IL to Gordon and Helen (Huston) Butler. His family relocated to Cedar Rapids, IA where he attended school and met the love of his life, Katherine Fowler. Together, they went to the University of Iowa graduating in 1959. Two months later they married and have celebrated 61 years together.

In that same year Gordon began his lifelong administrative career in healthcare at the Chicago Wesley Northwestern Hospital. As he advanced, he relocated to Freeport Memorial Hospital in Illinois, Methodist Hospital of Kentucky, and eventually Memorial Community Hospital/Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City (1966-1999) where he served as hospital administrator.

Gordon was a true gentleman, and he was easily loved by everyone. He left his stamp on Jefferson City with his endless dedication to our community. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, the American Heart Assn, March of Dimes, Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Jefferson City Board of Education, Rotary, Salvation Army and the board of Lincoln University to name a few. Nationally he served on the board of American Academy of Medical Administrators, Healthcare Financial Management Association, and Medical Group Management Association.

Gordon was also a dedicated family man, with his own sense of humor and youthful soul. He enjoyed family gatherings and activities with the grandkids, animals, black powder shooting and reading.

Survivors include: his wife, Katie Butler of Jefferson City, MO; children, Steve Butler (Debbie) of Springfield, MO and Ann Runge (Russell) of Mexico, MO; grandchildren, Grace Runge, Greta Runge, Amelia Runge and Andrew Runge; sister-in-law, Ann Bickmore of Highland Park, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Butler and brother, Steve Butler.

Private family services will be held at Freeman Mortuary with the Reverend Tom Vansant officiating. Graveside services will follow at Riverview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the American Parkinson Disease Association, 1415 Elbridge Payne Road, Suite 150, Chesterfield, MO 63017.
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Private family services will be held at Freeman Mortuary with the Reverend Tom Vansant officiating. Graveside services will follow at Riverview Cemetery.


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Sue and John Falzone

Posted at 10:56am
Katie, Steve, Ann, and all your family: We are so saddened by the news of Gordon's death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Posted at 04:11am
Been thinking for a while about my memory of Gordon Butler... I have such fond memories of my childhood at his home growing up. I remember Gordan’s smile and kindness would make anyone feel like he thought the world of you no matter how ornery I may have been. He always laughed at me and somehow made me feel like we were good ol’ friends throughout my life. What I picture most from childhood is Gordon walking with “Doc” his beloved lab who like to eat a LOT. He was a special man with a tender heart whom somehow always made others feel as if they are always a true friend to him. I will miss seeing him. Sending prayers and peace to your family and a special hug to my dearest friend Ann Runge.

Charlie & Ada Bair

Posted at 12:26pm
Gordan always supported me as the CEO at Memorial Hospital. Dropped notes, sent flowers & coming to events. Our condolences.
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Sue and Mike Brune

Posted at 06:27pm
So sorry for the Butler Family....we considered him our close friend.

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Klara and Steve Drewry

Posted at 02:21pm
Peace, Prayers and Blessings,
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