Lendal Buttry, son of the late Raymond "Buck" Buttry and Sarah Storz Buttry was born in Puxico, Mo. on Feb. 27, 1923 and died in Dexter on Jan. 3, 2011 at the age of 87.
Mr. Buttry was owner and operator of the Western Auto Store in Bernie until his retirement. He was instrumental in starting the Wally Byam Airstream Club Delta Unit of Southeast Missouri and he and his wife Elsie traveled extensively for several years. He was a member of the Lions Club for more than 40 years, a member of the United Methodist Church and an active member of the business community of Bernie.
He was united in marriage to Elsie Lorene Quick in Puxico on Oct. 18, 1942. To this union three children were born.
Survivors include his wife, Elsie Lorene Buttry of Bernie; one son, Jerry Buttry and wife Carolyn of Bernie; two daughters, Judy Steffensen and husband, John, of Gainesville, Mo. and Rita Freed and husband, Ken, of St. Peters, Mo.; one brother, Ivan Buttry of Advance, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Chuck and Noelle Buttry of Little Rock, Ark., Susan and Jim Hart of Jonesboro, Ark., Jennifer and Scott Burton of Springfield, Mo.; Justin and Tina Steffensen of Warrenton, N.C,, Janette and Tyler Dawson of Spring Hill, Kan., Tony and Kristie Freed of Wentzville, Mo. and Monica and Jeff Roever of Park Hills, Mo.; and 20 great-grandchildren, Ryder, Wyatt, Brooks, Heath, Seth, Tyler, Haley, Colton, Lacie, Tiffany, Brody, Abigail, Shelby, Kaylen, Tessa, Tanner, Kiley, Alyssa, Jeremiah and Makenzie. He is also survived by other relatives and many friends.
Visitation will be held at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Bernie on Friday, Jan. 7, 2011 from 5-8 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel on Saturday morning Jan. 8, 2011 starting at 11 a.m. with Rev. Ron Dunivin officiating. Interment will follow in the Bernie Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Bernie Park or to the Bernie United Methodist Church.