Senator Guy G. Butler View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 4/12/1961
Birth Place: Beattle, KS
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 56 (1955) - 59 (1961)
House: 52 (1947)
54 (1951) - 55 (1953)
Home County: Pocahontas
Guy G. Butler
Pocahontas County


MR. PRESIDENT: Your committee, appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character and public service of the late Honorable Guy G. Butler, begs leave to submit the following memorial:

Guy G. Butler, dentist, banker, farm operator and legislator, was born in Beattie, Kansas, on March 5, 1887, and passed away on April 12, 1961.

He was the son of William and Rosemary Ellen Butler and had a younger brother and sister. The family moved from Beattie, Kansas, to Pocahontas County, Iowa, in 1888.

Senator Butler was educated in the public schools in Rolfe, Iowa, and graduated from the Rolfe High School in 1909. He received a D.D.S. degree from Northwestern University in 1918 and was a member of Psi Omega and Theta Nu Epsilon, professional fraternities.

He practiced dentistry in Chicago, Illinois, for a time after graduating from Northwestern University. He then went to Japan where he was awarded the seventh license ever issued to practice dentistry in the Imperial Japanese Empire. He was also Dentist by Royal Appointment to the Royal Household of King Rama VI, of Siam.

He was united in marriage to Suma Grenova on May 30, 1921, in Swatow, China. Several years after the marriage and while on a trip to the United States, Senator Butler was injured in an automobile accident which prevented him from further dental practice.

He and his wife then settled on the family farm near Rolfe, Iowa. There he founded the Rolfe State Bank of which he was stockholder, director and president. He was twice elected mayor of Rolfe.

He was president of the Biloxi Tourist Club; president, Rolfe Golf Club; Past Chancellor, K. of P.; Past Master A.F. & A.M.; Past High Priest, R.A.M.; member of O.E.S. and Za-Ga-Zig Shrine. Senator Butler was also chairman of the Pocahontas County Republican central committee and a delegate to the Republican national convention in 1952.

He served three terms in the House of Representatives and was serving his second term in the Senate at the time of his death.

Senator Butler was a renowned sportsman, taking particular interest in fishing and hunting.

Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved by the Senate of the Fifty-ninth General Assembly of Iowa: That in the passing of the Honorable Guy G. Butler, the state has lost an honored citizen and a dedicated public servant, and the Senate, by this resolution, expresses its appreciation of his service, and would tender its sympathy to the members of his family.

Be It Further Resolved: That a copy of this resolution be printed in the Journal of the Senate and that the Secretary of the Senate be directed to forward an enrolled copy of this resolution to the widow of the deceased.





The resolution was unanimously adopted.