Lester Craig “Butch” Franey, 68, of Green City, Missouri, died Monday morning, February 2, 2015 at his home.
The son of Lester Frances and Betty (Behm) Franey, he was born July 16, 1946 in Davenport, Iowa. On May 28, 1970 in Bettendorf, Iowa he married Donna Diane Dirksen and she survives.
Also surviving are, two sons, Casey Franey and wife, Tamara of Green City and Lucas Franey and wife Angie of Indianapolis, Indiana; three daughters, Langela Richardson and husband, Mike of Seymour, Iowa, Lanida Czekus and husband, Stephen of El Paso, Texas, and Lacy Eisenburg and husband, Mitch of Clinton, Iowa; twelve grandchildren, Ryan Peeples, Trystine Franey, Keagan Franey, Trevor Schmidtke, Jack Franey, Reece Franey, Rachel Richardson, Christopher Richardson, Michaela Richardson, Autum Grau, Stephanie Grau, and Dillon Grau; one brother, Jay Franey and wife Prudence of Florida; two sisters, Kay McLean of Florida and Julie Stevens and husband Dan of Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews. His parents preceded him in death.
Butch and Donna moved from Davenport, Iowa to Green Castle in 2000 and in 2009 to Green City. Before his retirement in 2008 he drove a truck for ten years and previous to that he sold meat door to door. Early in life he and Donna served as missionaries in Brazil. Butch was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the U. S. Navy. He liked to fish but the most important to Butch was studying the Bible and sharing God’s word with others.