Michael Jacob Butterfield

1942 - 2004


February 22, 2004, Topeka, Kansas; by an inevitable decree of the Great Father, our brother has been called from the turmoil of things temporal to the gracious peace of life eternal.

Mike was born December 28, 1942 in Sabetha, Kansas. He was the only child of Tom and Ethel Butterfield who both preceded him in death. He attended elementary school in Morrill, Kansas and graduated from Morrill High School in 1960. He served in the Naval Submarine Service. On August 28, 1967 he married Jean Denise Holliday in Emporia, Kansas. He was employed by the Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Facility and later was a private contractor with the United States Postal Service.

Brother Butterfield was a devoted member of the Masonic organization and held lifetime memberships in the Blue Lodge, York Rite, Scottish Rite, Media Grotto, and Tall Cedars of Lebanon. He was a 32nd degree Mason, the founder of Sunflower #438 Knights of Pythias, the first Knights of Pythias lodge chartered in the state of Kansas in over 30 years, and was serving as Grand Prelate for the Grand Lodge, Knights of Pythias of Missouri. He was also a founding member of the Blarney Stone Council #360. He held an Allied Masonic Degree, was a Knights Mason and the Imperial Representative of the Dramatic Order, Knights of Khorassan for Missouri and Kansas.

Mike was also the state representative for the George Washington National Monument in Washington, D.C., a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Royal Order of Scotland, Orangemen, Philalethes Society, York Rite Research Society, Scottish Rite Research Society and a lifetime member of the American Legion and the National Rifle Association. He was a recipient of the Michael Charles Glawson Membership Award.

Mike Butterfield never knew a stranger or turned away a friend in need. He will be missed. He is survived by his loving wife, Denise. There will be no funeral, but a memorial service is being planned. Memorial donations may be made to any of the organizations of which Mike was a member.


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