Hundreds gather at service for Harry Butler

By: Christy Dimond
By: Christy Dimond

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- Late City Councilman Harry Butler was laid to rest Monday. Hundreds gathered for his memorial service at Canyon View Vineyard Church.

From city council to school board to visiting inmates in jail, Butler’s devotion to the community was apparent in everything he did. Nearly every seat at the service was taken by someone whose heart was touched by Butler.

“Harry was genuine and would give his very last if you needed it and sometimes even if you didn’t need it,” said relative Mary Mayes.

Butler served on City Council from 2001- 2005 and was reelected this April. He also served eight years on the District 51 School Board and was a minister at Handy Chapel church in downtown Grand Junction.

“His desire to serve this city whether on school board or City Council or his beloved Handy Chapel wasn’t to gain recognition, it’s because he wanted to serve,” said Chaplain Dan Cox during the service.

Butler died from natural causes June 2 while working in the yard of a rental property he owned. He was 69-years-old.

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