Albert “Monte” Butler, 59, of Mapleton, Iowa, passed away April 20 due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Born March 8, 1954, in Onawa, Iowa, the son of Albert Kenneth and Helen Evelyn Collins Butler grew up in Onawa and graduated from Onawa High School in 1972. He attended Morningside College for three semesters.
He worked for the Zenith Company in Sioux City, Iowa, as a clothing store salesman and in Omaha at Landen’s Clothing. He then moved to California where he worked in clothing, owned Laguna Beach’s Cheap Chic home furnishings store, where he showed his artistry in beautiful urns, wall hangings, and table bases for 10 years. He moved to open a similar store in Palm Springs.
In 2008, Butler came back to Iowa where he settled in Mapleton. There he worked for Bomgaars and in maintenance at the Maple Heights Nursing Home.
Butler greatly enjoyed his nieces and nephews, loved all children, was very sociable, was a talented artist, and loved animals, especially his special dog Buddy.
He is survived by his father, Kenny Butler and special friend Charlotte Patten of Onawa; a sister, Christine (Bernard “Pug”) Baker of Mapleton; two brothers-in-law, Richard McArthur of Sioux City and John Arndt of Mapleton; and many nephews, nieces, great-nephews, and great-nieces.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen; two sisters, Patty McArthur and Dolly Arndt; and a brother, Steve Docken.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Rush Family Care Service in Onawa.
Celebrations in Laguna Beach will be on Aug. 8 at a private residence. For details, please call 949 497 7097.