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Leslie "Les" Butler

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Leslie “Les” Allen Butler, 91, of Carroll, Iowa, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, Oct. 10, 2022.

Mass of the Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church-St. John Paul II Parish in Carroll with Father Timothy Schott as celebrant. Lector for the Mass will be Mary Beth Polich. Gift bearers will be Les’ grandchildren. Casket bearers will be Les’ family members. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll.

An honor guard will be formed at the church by Carroll area law enforcement. A graveside service will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll with full military honors conducted by the U.S. Air Force.

Visitation will be held at St. Lawrence Church from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Friday prior to the Mass.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolences may be left for the family at

Les was born on March 15, 1931, in Carroll, Iowa, and was the son of David and Anna (Brandt) Butler. He grew up in Carroll and graduated from Carroll High School in 1949. Following high school, Les worked several local jobs before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and served 21 years during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He attained the rank of chief master sergeant. On his first leave, he was married to Rose Marie Niehaus on Sept. 15, 1952, at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Carroll by Father Arthur Poeckes. Following his honorable discharge from the Air Force, Les returned to Carroll and worked as an officer for the Carroll Police Department for 16 years. In retirement, Les worked as an EMT for Carroll Ambulance Service, he did private investigating work, sold real estate, and he worked for Sharp Funeral Home.

Les was a lifelong member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church. He enjoyed fishing, going for airplane rides, camping, traveling, working in his yard, but most of all spending time with his family.

Les is survived by his wife of 70 years: Rose, of Carroll; daughter: Kyla Gehm, of Johnston, Iowa; son: David Butler, of Minneapolis, Minnesota; two grandchildren: Molly Gehm of Des Moines and Austin Gehm (Dena) of West Des Moines; great-grandson Luca; his in-laws: Larry Gillis (Letha) of Ohio, Mary Niehaus of Storm Lake and Leota Ryan of North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents: David and Anna Butler; his father- and mother-in-law: Louis and Marie Niehaus; a sister: Lois Cline (Dale); and in-laws Bernie Andrews (Wayne), Don Niehaus and Merle Niehaus.

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