Allen Butler (Veteran)

Allen Hardin Butler, 88, of Jefferson City, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at St. Mary's Health Center. He was born June 27, 1922, in St. Louis, the son of the late Lewis Elmo and Corabelle "Kittie" Angell Butler. He was a 1940 graduate of Roosevelt High School and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geography with a minor in Philosophy from St. Louis University. He went on to continue his education receiving a Masters of Education from St. Louis University. Allen was a World War II veteran serving from 1943-1946 in the United States Navy as a flight instructor. He was united in marriage on January 24, 1953, in St. Louis at Holy Family Catholic Church to Norma Mildred Hilla, who resides at the home. Allen retired from the Defense Mapping Agency Aerospace Center in St. Louis. Most of his career was spent as an instructor training qualified personnel in the field of Cartography. He taught a wide range of subjects in a cartographic curriculum including image recognition as an integral phase of the mapping process. As an avocation, Allen wrote articles for journals of Sherlock Holmes Societies in the United States and Canada. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Under the Arch Diocese of St. Louis he was active in the church as a lector and a member of the Legion of Mary. He enjoyed photography, speed skating, playing tennis as an amateur tennis instructor, and spending winters at his Arizona home with his wife. Other survivors include: six children, Allen (Susan) Butler, Chicago, Ill., Nancy (Dennis) Powell, Republic, Patti (Kevin) Martin, Jefferson City, Martha Butler, Jefferson City, James Butler, Waukee, Iowa, Carol (Erik) Heitmann, Leawood, Kan.; six grandchildren, David Spies, Alicia Wimberley, Alexander Hayden, Katherine Blackwell, Ian Heitmann, Ella Heitmann; and one great-grandchild, Lyla Blackwell. Mass of Christian Burial will be 9 a.m., Friday, March 11, 2011, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church with the Rev. Wayne M. Boyer officiating. Burial with full military honors will be 2:30 p.m. Friday in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Thursday at Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home with a prayer service at 3:30 p.m. Memorials are suggested to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 7319 Rt. M, Jefferson City, MO 65101; or to the American Cancer Society, 2413 Hyde Park Rd., Jefferson City, MO 65109. Those wishing to email condolences to the family may do so at the www.dulletrimble.com website.

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