|Birth: ||Dec. 26, 1918|
|Death: ||Dec. 25, 2010|
Funeral services for Irvin "I. R." Butler, 91, of Portales, will be at 10:00 AM, Thursday, December 30, 2010, in the Wheeler Mortuary Chapel with Scott P. Reeves officiating. Burial will follow in the Portales Cemetery with Craig Jones, David Butler, Cody Padgett, Ty Tipton, Jared Butler, Jason Butler, Robert Lacefield, Jerry Lacefield, Curtis Lacefield, and Jon Lacefield serving as pallbearers. The members of the Portales Masonic Lodge #26 AF&AM, the American Legion and all former POW's will be honorary pallbearers.
Irvin R. Butler, known to many as "I. R.", was born December 26, 1918, in Ardmore, OK, and died December 25, 2010, in Amarillo, TX. Mr. Butler grew up in Elida, and joined the New Mexico National Guard at the beginning of World War II. He was deployed with the 200th Coast Artillery unit to the Philippine Islands where he was captured by the Japanese. Mr. Butler was one of a handful of Bataan Death March survivors remaining in New Mexico. He was held captive by the Japanese for 3 1/2 years in the Phillipines before being liberated.
For a short time after returning home, he owned a pool hall in Elida. Soon, he started a dairy south of Portales, and later moved closer to town. After several years, he later became a grounds keeper for the Portales Public Schools. He continued running a few cattle on his land until the time of his death.
Mr. Butler had been a member of the Portales Masonic Lodge for more than 55 years, and of the American Legion for over 50 years.
He is survived by four sons and two daughters-in-law, Thomas and Gale Butler of Lake Jackson, TX, Bob and Kim Butler of Portales, Frank Butler of Cedaredge, CO, and Ted Butler of Portales; three daughters and a son-in-law, Barbara Butler of Albuquerque, Diane Butler of Albuquerque and Betty and Bruce Lacefield of Liberty, TX; 12 grandchildren, Michelle (Craig) Jones of Houston, TX, David Butler of Austin, TX, Ami (Cody) Padgett of Portales, April (Ty) Tipton of Portales, Jared (Tamara) Butler of Redvale, CO, Jason Butler of Wheatridge, CO, Robert Lacefield of Manassas, VA, Jerry Lacefield of Crestview, FL, Renne Lacefield of Dallas, TX, Curtis Lacefield of Ft. Hood, TX, Chaucie Lacefield of Liberty, TX, and Jon Lacefield of Liberty, TX; 11 great-grandchildren and one sister, Betty Stirman of VA.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Chieves and J. R. Butler; four sisters, Mary Blanton, Margie Clark, Ella May Pearman, and Charlcie Harrison, and a great-grandchild.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary of Portales, 575-356-4455.
S SGT US ARMY
WORLD WAR II
BATAAN DEATH MARCH SURVIVOR
New Mexico, USA
Created by: Kenneth D. Bogard
Record added: Dec 29, 2010
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