4 to 7 p.m. Monday July 24, 2017 at
Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln
10 a.m. Tuesday July 25, 2017 at the funeral home
Joan ‘Elaine’ Butler, 78, of Beason, died Wednesday,
July 19, 2017 at Christian Village with family by
Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday July 25, 2017
at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln
with Rev. Bill Ramsdale officiating. Burial at
Harmony Cemetery will follow the service. Visitation
will be 4 to 7 p.m. Monday July 24, 2017 also at the
Memorials may be made to Beason United Methodist
Church or Beason Fire Department.
Elaine was the daughter of Kenneth and Iona D.
Burwell. She was born in Bloomington, on January 10,
1939. Elaine married James B. Lessen on June 24,
1956 in Waynesville. Elaine later married Phillip R.
Butler on September 29, 1984 in Lincoln.
Elaine followed her mother into nursing, graduating
from LPN school in 1972. She retired from nursing,
having worked as a LPN at Abraham Lincoln Memorial
Hospital and Lincoln Developmental Center for many
Elaine was preceded in death by: her parents,
Kenneth and Iona Burwell; her son, Kevin Lessen; and
Great-Grandson, Brandon Harris.
She is survived by her husband, Phil Butler of
Beason, her brother, Gene (Karen) Burwell of
Lincoln, her children and step-children; Kent (Sue)
Lessen of Hoffman Estates, Karen (Rick) Harris of
Chestnut, Kim (Mike) Florey of Beason,
daughter-in-law, Sondra Lessen of Springfield; Brian
(Tonjau) Brown of Colby, KS; Troy (Diane) Brown of
Goodland, KS; plus 11 grand-children, and 14
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