Francis I. “Fran” Butler

Francis I. “Fran” Butler, age 84, of Elmhurst, beloved husband of Elizabeth “Beth”, nee Brown; loving father of Catherine Butler, Margaret “Molly” Galvin, Beth (David) Altier, Peter Butler, Stephen Butler, Maureen (David) Schroeder and Sarah (Brian) Ford; cherished Papa of Maddy (Adam) Maloney, Stephanie and Frannie Smith, Sean and Michael Galvin, Peggy Altier, Erin Butler, Duncan and Luke Schroeder, Cate and Emma Ford; Great Papa of Max and Mabel Maloney, Ruby Galvin and William Schroeder; dear brother of Judith, Daniel (Audie), John (Rosita) and Jim (Marianne) Butler, Mary Alice (Thomas) Coffey, Jane (the late Francis) Connors and the late Michael and Stephen Butler; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Proud graduate of St. Catherine of Siena Grade School, Fenwick High School (1953) and Loras College (1959). Lifelong career in sales and marketing, retiring from Alloyd Inc. Thirty-year member of Kairos Prison Ministry team, including Chairman of Kairos of Illinois. Visitation Thursday, 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Gibbons Funeral Home, 134 South York Road, (½ mile North of Saint Charles Road), Elmhurst. Friends and family will meet Friday for Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 134 Arthur Street, Elmhurst. Interment Saint Mary Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Kairos Prison Ministry of Illinois, Attn : Jim Dolan,  PO Box 772, Ballwin, MO 63011 or IC Catholic Prep, 217 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126. For funeral information please call 630-832-0018 or

Memorial Service Program





3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Gibbons Funeral Home
134 South York Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126






9:30 a.m. at
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
134 Arthur Street
Elmhurst, IL





Following Mass
Saint Mary Catholic Cemetery
Alexander and Myrtle
Elmhurst, IL


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to

Kairos Prison Ministry of Illinois, Attn: Jim Bolan,  PO Box 772, Ballwin, MO 63011


IC Catholic Prep, 217 S. Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126.

21 comments on “Francis I. “Fran” Butler
  1. Mindy says:

    Peace be with his spirit and the entire Butler family. Brooks’ will be there in flesh and in their hearts. What a wonderful soul he was. So many good memories and good times and good talks with him. Mary Lou, Mindy, Kathy, Dave, Bill, Pat, Chris, Jean, Mo Brooks

  2. Mary King Gil says:

    Our deepest sympathies…Mr. Butler was always so kind and good hearted.
    Our hearts goes out to you Molly, and to the entire Butler family.
    May he Rest In Peace.

  3. Pam Bailey says:

    Sending prayers to you and your family at this difficult time. Sincerely, Pam Bailey

  4. Bob Fittin says:

    Fran and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Fran was such a great man, devoted to you, his family, his faith, and service to others. I always enjoyed seeing you together at Mass. You both were an inspiration to me as a couple of faith, and the love you shared for each other was apparent to all. Words come so difficulty at moments like these, but please know that I will be thinking and praying for all of you in the days that lie ahead.
    I have relocated to Eugene Oregon so I will be unable to attend the services. I have asked my sister to express my condolences to you and the family. I work for St. Vincent De Paul of Lane County out here, so Fran and I have an additional connection, as I know he was always so involved in the clothing drive. May the good Lord bless you and give you peace and strength in the knowledge that you will one day be reunited with Him and Fran.
    Bob Fittin

  5. Tom Gibbons says:

    Thoughts and prayers to the entire Butler family… Another Angel get shis wings and he is in great company.

  6. Peachie Gilpin says:

    Our deepest condolences to our friends the Butler familyRIP Mr. ButlerJohn and Peachie Gilpin❤️

  7. John Schroeder says:

    Fran’s Kairos brothers in St. Louis and southern Illinois are so sorry to hear of his passing. What a joyful, Spirit-filled man he was…a blessing to all those he met!

    I thoroughly enjoyed serving with Fran on several Kairos teams, including the one he led at the Tamms supermax prison. From that experience, a deep and abiding friendship grew. I never did convince Fran to switch from the Cubs to the Cardinals…but I did learn a lot from him about trusting in God’s providence…and resting, assured, that no matter how long it takes…God is always “right on time.” God speed, Fran!

  8. Scott Wiese - USG says:

    My deepest sympathy to Molly and family. You’re in my thoughts.

  9. Tom & Sharon Sible says:

    So very sorry to hear about Fran. I spent 12 terrific years at IC and had the pleasure of knowing Fran & the Butler family. He was a genuine gentleman. I have nothing but very fond memories of the Butler family. Please accept our profound condolences.

  10. Jimmy Morgan says:

    Dear Beth:
    Our deepest sympathy to you and your families.
    Fran was a special person who enriched so many lives. We are all better people by knowing him and his grace and his wonderful sense of humor.
    (Because of Fran, the trip we ( Kathleen, Megan, Brandon & I) took to Ireland in 2017 was so special because of the info he provided us about Ireland and the meeting of Tommy Butler and his family in Freshford. It was such a memorable trip that Fran helped us enjoy)
    God Bless you
    Jimmy Morgan & Kathleen Mackenbrock

  11. Norman Reuter says:

    I worked with Fran on numerous Kairos weekends and had ‘brunch’ with him and John Halloran on several occasions, as well. Fran and John where the leaders of the Kairos program here in Illinois for years and were very instrumental in getting this program started in Stateville, Pontiac, Menards, and Western IL. Correctional. John retired and moved to Florida; but Fran continued to work with the Kairos teams and prison Chaplains. When you have the love of God in your heart, you just keep on giving until the very end; and I think that will be a big part of Fran’s legacy — his willingness to keep on giving.

  12. Debbie Tharp says:

    I am so sorry for your loss…..Fran was such a great husband, father, grandfather and member of this community. He is flying with the angels now. May the love that surrounds you comfort you during this difficult time. Prayers and thoughts are with all. Debbie Tharp

  13. Laurie Marcucci says:

    Cathy and Molly,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. Cherish the fond memories. May he rest in peace. Your family will remain in my prayers.
    Laurie Marcucci

  14. Jerry Sullivan says:

    Dear Beth and family,
    I have been friends with Fran since the old days of Faith,Hope, and Love at Stateville and served on the 1st Kairos in Illinois with Fran and have been involved ever since. I was the kid back then (I’m now 67) and Fran was a true mentor to me on many levels – friend, minister, and marriage counselor. He had a big heart for God, family, and the less fortunate and never seemed to tire of giving. I will be out of town during his wake and funeral and feel badly that I can’t speak to you in person. I am saddened by the loss of my friend Fran but I know he did not fear death and he is certainly enjoying his heavenly reward now. Jerry Sullivan

  15. Lisa Regan says:

    Mrs B, I loved your hubby, he was like a dad to me!! He was always so interested in what one would have to say, truly listened!! His sense of humor was hands down one of the best!! He will be missed!! Butler Children, the world knows what an amazing father Fran was through all of you, you carry and bestow his kindness, his caring for others, his sense of humor, and his faith!! Hugs to you all!! Lisa, Mike, Maggie&Michael.

  16. Melanie Ryan says:

    Dear Beth and Family:
    Just heard about Fran and am so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful, caring person and is now in the arms of our Lord. May all your fornd memories bring you comfort. Regret that i am unable
    to attend his wake and funeral mass as i will be out of town. God bless.

  17. Raymond Schiliro says:

    My deepest Condolences. I attended the men’s session of Christ Renew His People program at Immaculate Conception in 2015 with Fran. In that short weekend he became a good friend and someone who remembered me when we saw each other around town. May he Rest in Peace.

    The Schiliro Family, Ray, Michele, Kate, Meg and Jennifer

  18. Jackie Salek says:

    Beth and the Butler Family,

    My heart and my prayers go out to you. I loved reading about Fran and the large Butler family.

    Please know that although I cannot make the wake and funeral (I’m in Ohio because my Mom just had open heart surgery), I am with you in spirit.

    Wishing you strength and love for this difficult time.


    Jackie Salek

  19. Milton and Tracy Rojas says:


    We’re so sorry for your loss. He was a great guy. Wishing you all the best during this tough time.


    Milton & Tracy Rojas

  20. Colleen Biggio says:

    We were so sorry to hear the sad news of Mr. Butler’s passing. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. We wish all of you peace and comfort in the days ahead.
    Love, Tom and Colleen Biggio

  21. Peter Kearney says:

    Dear Butler Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of your Father’s passing. He was such a great family man and a joy to be around. I always look back fondly at our high school years, spending time with Steve at your home and remembering how welcoming all of you were, but especially your father. I wish you all the very best.


    Peter Kearney

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