In Memory of



Obituary for Peter Butler

Peter D. Butler Sr, 86, of Dubuque, IA, died Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at Luther Manor from COVID-19. Due to the pandemic, private gravesite services were held at Linwood Cemetery with the American Legion providing full military rites.

Peter was born February 25, 1934 in Dubuque, IA, son of Ellis and Barbara White (Cottingham) Butler. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School and attended Southern Methodist University, where he was on their NCAA championship golf team.

He served in the US Army from 1956 to 1958. While stationed in Germany, Peter won the Berlin Open golf tournament. Back home, Peter’s love of golf continued throughout his life; winning many tournaments, including DGCC men’s golf championships.

Peter loved to travel, particularly enjoying train travel out west with Mary, Peter, and Paul. He almost always took his golf clubs along to play the many renowned golf courses across our country. One of his favorites was at Spring Green, WI. His love of golf eventually drew him to Pebble Beach, CA, where he lived for many years overlooking his beloved golf course next to Carmel Bay. Mary often joined Peter on the golf course by putting when they reached each green. Peter had a passion for all things golf.

He married Mary Rosalie Fluckiger on November 14, 1959 in Dubuque, IA. They had two children; Peter Butler II, and Paul Butler.

Peter was very proud of his family and loved spending time with Mary, their kids, and grandkids. They were a big part of his life.

Peter began his insurance career at Cottingham & Butler, joining his father, Ellis, and brother, John. He later founded Butler Services Co., specializing in the growing niche of Poultry Insurance. Peter helped support many local organizations, including Finley Hospital, the University of Dubuque and the United Way.

While at Luther Manor, it gave Peter great pleasure to bring happiness to his fellow residents, especially his lifelong friend Gene Gordon. His smile and warm personality lit up a room.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Butler, of Asbury, IA; two sons, Peter (Cara) Butler II of Pebble Beach, CA and their children, Ellis (Ellie) and Peter Butler III; Paul (Kathleen) Butler of Bozeman, MT and their children, William and Abbey Butler; two brothers, John (Alice) Butler and Tim (Nancy) Butler, both of Dubuque; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Ellis and Barbara Butler; and in-laws, Frank and Bernice Fluckiger.

Memorials for Peter may be sent to the Finley Health Foundation and Luther Manor Communities.

Our family wants to extend our gratitude and thanks to Luther Manor for the professional and highly trained staff who compassionately assisted Peter in the last two years of his life. They realize we are living through a very difficult time and took every precaution necessary to ensure the nurturing care and safety of Peter.

We want to thank Hospice, who supported Peter and counseled his family during the final days of his life.

Lisa Flanagan and her staff from By Your Side, were invaluable in the care they provided Peter during the last two years. We can’t thank Lisa and her staff enough for the thoughtful, one-on-one assistance they provided Peter.