The funeral service celebrating and honoring the life of Mr. Lacey Sherman Butler Jr., 95, Enid, is 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6, 2017, in First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Susan Southall officiating.
Burial precedes the service at 1 p.m. in Memorial Park Cemetery. The service is under the direction of Brown-Cummings Funeral Home.
His strength, work ethic, and integrity inspired many. As a caretaker of the land, he helped feed Americans across two centuries, for over 70 years.
He put out his last crop and sold his herd of cattle when he was 93.
Born on Sept. 12, 1921, to Lacey Sherman Butler and Floy Lucille Bolenbaugh, Lacey Sherman Butler Jr. was not expected to live. However, the tenacity he displayed his entire life carried him past neonatal concerns.
He attended Highland Country School, located northwest of Waukomis, and Waukomis Schools. He graduated from Enid High School in 1940.
He attended Oklahoma State University, but received his B.S. and his M.S. degrees from Phillips University. His loyalty to O.S.U. ran strong.
Lacey served in the U.S. Air Force in the south Pacific, stationed overseas for 38 months. He also served a short time in the Korean War.
In 2015, he and his son, Sherman, took an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. honoring veterans.
Lacey's first date with Mary McMillen, the great love of his life, was on Dec. 22, 1945. They wed on Jan. 25, 1946, and the four-week courtship began their love story, which lasted for over 71 years.
He served on the Agriculture ASC Board and the Drummond School Board. He played a pivotal role in the integration of Drummond Public Schools.
In addition to farming and ranching, Lacey was an ag teacher for returning veterans after WWII. He also worked at Vance Air Force Base ?as an airplane mechanic.
He leaves behind his beloved wife Mary, son Dan of Louisiana, daughter Mary Kathryn Turner (Craig) of Blanchard, daughter Ann Worden (Randy) of Noble, daughter-in-law Glenace of Fairview, and Kathie of Enid.
They have seven grandchildren: Jennie Scott, Stacy Blattner (Jeff), ?Philip Butler (Casey), Matthew Turner (Amanda), Kacie Martin (Tyler), Mary Nemcock (Jeff), and Sandy Worden.
Twelve great-grandchildren also brought him delight. He is also survived by ?sisters Barbara Boehs of Montana and Margaret Stevenson of Missouri, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Lacey is preceded in death by his son Lacey Sherman Butler III, his parents Lacey and Floy Butler, and brothers Robert and James.
Lacey Butler was highly regarded for his intelligence, wit, and work. He passed away as a quiet man of God who deeply loved "his Mary."
Memorials may be made in his honor to the Salvation Army, Hospice Circle of Love, or a charity of the donor's choice, with Brown-Cummings Funeral Home serving as custodian of the funds
Condolences may be made online to the family at www.Brown-Cummings.com.
Published on May 4, 2017