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  • Mon September 24 2012
  • Posted Sep 24, 2012

Daniel Murray Butler, 55, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, at Mercy Medical Center from complications of heart failure. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines. Visitation will be held on Friday at Iles Funeral Homes – Dunn’s Chapel from 4 to 7 p.m.

Daniel was born on March 7, 1957, to Bud and Phyllis Butler in Manchester. Dan lived in Nevada and Charles City before moving to Indianola where he graduated from Indianola Community Schools in 1975. During high school Dan was active in football and track and field. He walked on the Iowa State track team, and earned four varsity letters in long jump. Dan was not just an ISU fan he was a true Cyclone. Dan earned his bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in business administration in 1979. He earned his MBA from Drake University in 1981.

Dan married Vicki K. Knutson on June 9, 1979. They were parents to Kelsey Lynn Butler and Allison Elizabeth Butler.

Dan began his professional career with O’Halloran International. He joined Valley National Bank in 1985 which launched a 25-year banking career. In 2010, Dan started his second career as a commercial real estate agent for Iowa Realty Commercial.

Dan married Kim Sikkink on July 20, 1996, and welcomed his two sons Drew and Jay Sikkink into the family. As a team, the pair shoved off for a RAGBRAI honeymoon symbolic of the many adventures they enjoyed together the next 16 years. Dan enjoyed entertaining family and friends at Sun Valley Lake on the boat, Cy’s Matters II, and around his infamous campfire telling an endless supply of jokes.

He was extremely proud of his daughters, attending countless dance recitals and spending many hours taping dress rehearsals. He also enjoyed watching Drew and Jay play, and now coach, football and baseball. Dan lived life to the fullest and will be missed by all who truly knew him.

Dan is survived by his wife, Kim; daughters, Kelsey (Steve) Dolezal and Allison Butler; sons, Drew Sikkink and Jay (Brittany) Sikkink; his brother, Brad (Alesia) Butler; nephews, Joe (Leah) Butler, Pete Butler and Keith (Christa) Butler; great-nephew, Grady Butler; step-father, Al Cronin; and his aunt, Elizabeth Lynch.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Bud and Phyllis Butler; and first wife, Vicki Butler.

Memorial contributions may be directed to The Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Iowa or Variety the Children’s Charity.

BIKEIOWA NOTE

Every time we ran across Kim and Dan, we had a blast with them! Dan approached me to build him a stereo trailer several years back.. They used the heck out of that tune box on wheels. Dan was a savior to us many a time when he'd offer up ice-cold Miller Lite as we were rolling into town, or at a random intersection. Or the time he got carted off to the hospital after getting kicked in the jaw less than 2 minutes after he joined our hacky sack circle. Pure randomness. Dan was a great friend and he will be missed. Keep pedalin' up there in the sky Mr. Butler...

Feel free to leave a comment below if you knew Dan.


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