The Butterfield Family
James Franklin Butterfield Obituary
Contributed by Debbie Woodworth
Verdigre, Neb. -- Special to The News: Last rites for J. F. Butterfield, 71, who passed away at his home in East Verdigre last Thursday morning were conducted Saturday afternoon at two o'clock at the Methodist church with the Rev. Burl Tappana of Creighton having charge. The Strope quartet of Venus, with Mrs. Myrene Woodworth at the piano sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "What A Friend We Have in Jesus." Burial was made in the Grimton cemetery near Venus and the pallbearers were Ernest Boelter, Roscoe Groeling, Chestor Tikalsky, Elvin Butterfield, Edmund Bright, and Albert Boelter.
Mr. Butterfield was born Feb. 6, 1874 at Troy Wells, Iowa. When he was 4 years of age together with his parents moved to Walnut, Nebraska where his boyhood days were spent. He was united in marriage to Miss Anna Groeling of Walnut on March 1895 and to this union eight children were born. three of whom preceded him in death. One son Wren, gave his life in France while in service of his country in World War One in November 1918. About 13 years ago Mr. and Mrs. Butterfield moved to Verdigre and have resided here ever since. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Ellis and Willis both of Dorsey; three daughters, Mrs. Alma Winkelbauer of Neligh; Mrs. Iva Brady and Mrs. Irene Marston of Dorsey; there are 16 grandchildren; five brothers, Ernest, Zim, Lloyd and George, all of Venus, Arthur of Omaha; five, sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Edson of Burlington, Washington; Mrs. Flora Bright of Orchard, Mrs. Hattie Boelter and Mrs. Dolly Risinger of Venus and Mrs. Velva Ickler of Royal; many other relatives and a host of friends.
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