David Butler

David Warren "Dave" Butler

Sunday, May 8th, 1949 - Wednesday, February 5th, 2020
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David Warren ‘Dave” Butler, 70 , former Mayor and long time City Commissioner of Atchison KS died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 at his home.

A Celebration of Life Memorial service will be held at 7:00 pm on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 at the Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:00pm on Friday, Feb. 14th, 2020 at the funeral home. Following the memorial celebration service, visitation will continue at the Elks Lodge, 609 Kansas Ave from 8:00 to 10:00 pm. The body has been cremated and family interment will be at a later date in the Iola Cemetery, Sparks, KS. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Elks National Foundation or the Atchison Boys & Girls Club and may be sent in care of the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be left online at

Dave was born on May 8, 1949 in Kansas City, KS, the son of Edgar W. and Elizabeth “Betty” (Gullikson) Butler. He graduated from Atchison High School in 1967 and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of Kansas in 1972. David worked with his father in the family Butler RX Prescription business in Atchison. Following his dad’s retirement he owned and operated the business until he joined with Reynolds Drug Store. Dave also was the first full-time Pharmacist for the Atchison Hospital. After retiring from the hospital pharmacy he volunteered as a pharmacist at the Atchison Community Health Clinic and worked part time for the KEX RX Pharmacy, Atchison, KS. In 1993 he was awarded the Bowl of Hygeia Award from the National Pharmacy Association for his community service and also named Citizen of the Year by the Atchison Daily Globe. He was a member of the Kansas Pharmacy Association, a former member of the Atchison Jaycees, a member of the National Rifle Assoc, Bellevue Country Club, Atchison Hospital Auxiliary, Friends of Scouting, and the Fred Noonan Society, where he served as Secretary-Treasurer. Dave was active in the Elks BPO Lodge serving as Exalted Ruler two times, in 1976 and in 2019. He was a member of the Atchison Bass Club, Willie’s Coffee Club, had served on the Atchison Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, was an Atchison City Commissioner for over 23 years, and served as Mayor of Atchison for several terms. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, traveling, smoking a cigar, and bourbon. Mr. Butler was one of the most dedicated, positive people who never knew a stranger and loved to talk up, promote, and work to improve his home town of Atchison, KS. He was proud of the new bridge project that he and the commission worked so hard on getting built during his time on the commission. He also was an avid KU Basketball Fan and KU Alumnus.

Dave was married to Kathleen M. Bell on Feb. 14, 1976. Kathy survives of their home in Atchison. Additional survivors include a son Greg J. (Tanya) Butler, Manhattan, KS and daughter Shari S. (Chad) Roth, Newton, KS and five grandchildren Brendan Butler, Madison Roth, Anabel Roth, Riley Roth, and Evie Roth. His parents, and two brothers, Steven and Harlan, preceded him in death.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 14th, 2020 | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, February 14th, 2020 5:30pm - 7:00pm
    Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home
    800 Kansas Ave
    Atchison, KS 66002
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Friday, February 14th, 2020 | 8:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday, February 14th, 2020 8:00pm - 10:00pm
    Elks B P O Lodge
    609 Kansas Ave
    ATCHISON, KS 66002
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, February 14th, 2020 | 7:00pm
    Friday, February 14th, 2020 7:00pm
    Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Chapel
    800 Kansas Ave.
    ATCHISON, KS 66002
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Celebration of LIfe Service
  • Interment

    Iola Cemetery
    Corner of 230th Rd & Freeport Road
    Sparks, KS
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    Family Internment at later date


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Lynn Dixon

Posted at 08:41am
Kathy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed working with Dave at the hospital. He always had a smile for everyone. Always so pleasant.
Lynn Stewart Dixon

Fred Bryan

Posted at 07:43pm
The pictures I posted are from a visit that Dave and Kathy made to St. Louis in 1976. My condolences to Kathy and the kids. Fred Bryan

Beth Ann Riley, CPhT.

Posted at 06:36pm
Many ...deep..heartfelt ..sincere..prayers are with the Butler Family during this most difficult time with the loss of Mr David Butler ..a father..pharmacist... servant..serving ..making a difference ..impacting lives everyday... and, so much more.. may beloved memories of Mr. David Butler.. be with you ..inspiring you as he has touched so many lives.. in some way...leaving a life..
May blessings of Mr David Butler's legacy.... be with you comforting you in life...

Keith and Sandy Young

Posted at 10:57pm
David was such a special person and a people lover. Kathy and family our hearts go out to you.

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