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Harvey Butler
  • August 13, 1931
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  • January 01, 2020

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Harvey Butler, formerly of Rolling Meadows, IL, passed away peacefully at his home in Mt. Dora, FL on January 1, 2020 with his loving wife Freda by his side. He was born in 1931 in Toronto, Canada. He worked for the Toronto Transit Commission and then Household Finance. In 1965, he was transferred to Chicago with Household International. After 37 years, he retired from Household as Director of Strategic Planning.

He was an active man who enjoyed traveling, sailing, playing tennis, golf, and handball and enjoying the great outdoors at his Wisconsin cottage. Later in life, Harv sustained a life-changing spinal cord injury, resulting in paraplegia. Rather than focusing what he could no longer do, he refocused his energies in new directions, taking up watercolor painting, volunteering as an AARP Tax Preparer and publishing a monthly newsletter for Household retirees for the past twenty years. Harv lived with dignity and grace and was a role model for living with a disability.

Harvey was the devoted and caring husband of Freda Butler, with whom he celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in August 2019, surrounded by family and friends. He is survived by Freda, his children David (Kimberly) Butler of Eden Prairie, MN, Michael (Jeana) Butler of Inverness, IL, Susan (Jon) Erickson of Inverness, IL, grandchildren Nicholas, Jennifer, and Thomas Butler, and Kyle, Sean, and Luke Erickson, and his sister Joan Cuff and brother Bert Butler.

Donations in Harv’s memory can be made to his favorite charity, The Salvation Army, at www.salvationarmyusa.org.


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  1. 13 Jan 2020
    Dee Pratt says:
    Although I didn’t know Harvey well, as the spouse of a Household retiree, he was always so thoughtful and helpful to me. I appreciated all his many kindnesses and I will miss him.

  2. 12 Jan 2020
    Pat foster says:
    I did not know Harvey personally only thru his newsletter. My husband, Don and I looked forward to the newsletter. It was newsy and so interesting to keep up with HFC news and people. Please accept my heartfelt thoughts and prayers

  3. 10 Jan 2020
    Steve Kendall says:
    Harvey, you are missed!

  4. 10 Jan 2020
    Penny and Don Kice says:
    Dear Butler Family,
    My husband Don and I were both fortunate to work with Harvey at Household for many years. He was so knowledgable, professional, and a really nice person. Our condolences to you. We will keep you and Harvey in our thoughts and prayers.
    Penny and Don Kice

  5. 10 Jan 2020
    Daniel Gilbert lit a candle:
    Lit since January 10, 2020 at 1:11:48 AM

  6. 10 Jan 2020
    Daniel Gilbert says:
    Dear SUSAN and Family,
    Thoughts and prays to you and the family. I knew Harvey from HFC days and the newsletter. He was a special man, with many accomplishments , friends and person who was respective by everyone.
    He was a role model for many and he will be missed.
    Dan and Jan Gilbert

  7. 10 Jan 2020
    Charlotte Mogensen lit a candle:
    Lit since January 10, 2020 at 1:51:18 AM

  8. 08 Jan 2020
    Kathleen says:
    Dear Susan and family. I am sending you my condolences. After reading about your father's life he sounds as if you was an exciting and interesting man very kind and very caring you're all so lucky to have had a father like him. Kathie

  9. 08 Jan 2020
    Kathleen says:
    Dear Susan and family I am sending you prayers for strength and healing during this difficult time. He sounds from this obituary to have been a loving and caring father and a role model to his family. I'll bet he had many adventures and a very active and upbeat life. I'm so sorry, Kathie

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