Daniel Murray Butler, 55, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at
Mercy Medical Center from complications of heart failure. Funeral
services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at Lutheran Church
of Hope in West Des Moines. Visitation will be held on Friday at Iles
Funeral Homes – Dunn’s Chapel from 4 to 7 p.m.
Daniel was born on
March 7, 1957, to Bud and Phyllis Butler in Manchester. Dan lived in
Nevada and Charles City before moving to Indianola where he graduated
from Indianola Community Schools in 1975. During high school Dan was
active in football and track and field. He walked on the Iowa State
track team, and earned four varsity letters in long jump. Dan was not
just an ISU fan he was a true Cyclone. Dan earned his bachelor’s degree
from Iowa State University in business administration in 1979. He earned
his MBA from Drake University in 1981.
Dan married Vicki K. Knutson on June 9, 1979. They were parents to Kelsey Lynn Butler and Allison Elizabeth Butler.
began his professional career with O’Halloran International. He joined
Valley National Bank in 1985 which launched a 25-year banking career. In
2010, Dan started his second career as a commercial real estate agent
for Iowa Realty Commercial.
Dan married Kim Sikkink on July 20,
1996, and welcomed his two sons Drew and Jay Sikkink into the family. As
a team, the pair shoved off for a RAGBRAI honeymoon symbolic of the
many adventures they enjoyed together the next 16 years. Dan enjoyed
entertaining family and friends at Sun Valley Lake on the boat, Cy’s
Matters II, and around his infamous campfire telling an endless supply
He was extremely proud of his daughters, attending
countless dance recitals and spending many hours taping dress
rehearsals. He also enjoyed watching Drew and Jay play, and now coach,
football and baseball. Dan lived life to the fullest and will be missed
by all who truly knew him.
Dan is survived by his wife, Kim;
daughters, Kelsey (Steve) Dolezal and Allison Butler; sons, Drew Sikkink
and Jay (Brittany) Sikkink; his brother, Brad (Alesia) Butler; nephews,
Joe (Leah) Butler, Pete Butler and Keith (Christa) Butler;
great-nephew, Grady Butler; step-father, Al Cronin; and his aunt,
Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Bud and Phyllis Butler; and first wife, Vicki Butler.
Memorial contributions may be directed to The Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Iowa or Variety the Children’s Charity.
Every time we ran across Kim and Dan, we had a blast with them! Dan approached me to build him a stereo trailer several years back.. They used the heck out of that tune box on wheels. Dan was a savior to us many a time when he'd offer up ice-cold Miller Lite as we were rolling into town, or at a random intersection. Or the time he got carted off to the hospital after getting kicked in the jaw less than 2 minutes after he joined our hacky sack circle. Pure randomness. Dan was a great friend and he will be missed. Keep pedalin' up there in the sky Mr. Butler...
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