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Services Set for Herbert Butler

July 7, 2017

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MACOMB, IL - - Services for retired Western Illinois University Professor of Anthropology Herbert Butler will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 10 at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home in Macomb, with a visitation from 9-10 a.m. Butler, 93, passed away July 4.

After earning a bachelor's degree from Kansas State College of Pittsburg (now Pittsburg State University), a master's degree in anthropology from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. at Michigan State University, Butler came to Western to teach anthropology in 1971 for 20 years. He was a member of the American Anthropological Association, Alpha Mu Gamma Language Society and Kappa Delta Pi Education Society. After he retired, Butler continued to volunteer in his community as a Big Brother, reader at R.I.S. for the blind and visually impaired and was a regular bell ringer for the Salvation Army during the holidays.

Butler served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was stationed in North Africa and India.

He is survived by two daughters, Sandy and Mary; two sons, Pat and Paul; two step-sons, Greg and Jeff; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

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