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Former Marion Mayor Bob Butler passes away

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MARION (WSIL) - Former Marion Mayor Bob Butler has passed away.

Current Mayor Anthony Rinella tells News 3 Butler passed away Monday morning. 

Bob Butler served as mayor of Marion for nearly 55 years before retiring in January 2018. He was one of the longest serving mayors in the country.

In 2015, he was presented with the Lifetime of Service award from the Illinois Municipal League.

"He was a good friend of mine. I confided in him a lot, especially when I was mayor of Harrisburg," said Sen. Dale Fowler, (R-Harrisburg). "I'm saddened but so respectful of his service.

Several southern Illinois legislators and community leaders reacted Monday to news of Butler's death. 

West Frankfort Mayor Tom Jordan told News 3, "He was the consummate mayor. If you looked up mayor in the dictionary, his picture would probably be there."

"Mayor Butler impacted our organization in awesome ways. His work and dedication will live on in all that we do for the betterment of our downtown," said Marion Main Street in a post on its Facebook page Monday. 

"Through tragedies and triumphs, he was the driving force behind the growth and prosperity our city enjoys today," posted Marion Mayor-elect Mike Absher.

Butler was 92. 

 

Marion Mayor-elect Mike Absher:

It is with great sadness that we reflect on the passing of Mayor Emeritus Robert "Bob" Butler. Mayor Butler built Marion into the "Hub" we know it as today. Through tragedies and triumphs, he was the driving force behind the growth and prosperity our city enjoys today. While I embark on this journey, the legacy that Mayor Butler created will live on into eternity.

Please join me in praying for Mayor Butler's wife Louetta, and their family, in this time of loss. While we mourn of his passing, we celebrate the signature he left on our great city.
 

State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg):
“I was saddened to learn about the passing of beloved former-Marion Mayor Bob Butler. He was a man passionate about his community and dedicated to his position. Anyone who met Bob knows what a great and caring man he was, and words cannot begin to express what a loss this is for our community. He was a good friend of mine, who served as a mentor during my career. I will miss him deeply. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this sad time.”
 

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