Jerry “Jake” Butt, Dows, died July 11, 2021 at Brio of Johnston. Services were held July 17 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Alden. Burial was in Union (Olson) Cemetery on the family farm southeast of Dows.
Jerry was born June 25, 1963 in Hampton. He was baptized at St. Paul’s Lutheran on July 21, 1963 and confirmed his faith in God on May 1, 1977. He attended Dows Community School, graduating in 1981. He studied farm operations at Iowa Lakes Community College in Emmetsburg. In July 1983 he started working at Eaton in Belmond. In 1999 he started farming on a part-time basis with his father. In 2004 he left Eaton to pursue farming full-time, but eventually rejoined his Eaton family on a part-time basis until 2020.
Jerry was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. He was a fan of the Hawkeyes and Vikings. Jerry enjoyed the fellowship that went with deer hunting and tractor rides. He and his Dad helped the Popejoy Lions with Popejoy Day and the tractor raffle. He eventually joined the Dows Lions Club and assisted with the tractor raffle, Dows Corn Days and Shrimpfest. He was active with the Franklin County Cattlemen and enjoyed tending the grill at many events in Franklin County.
In September 2020 Jerry was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an incurable form of brain cancer. While the cancer affected his strength and ability to articulate his thoughts, it could not stop his personality from shining through. He was a gentle giant with a kind heart who was a friend to everyone.
Preceding him in death were his grandparents; aunt Martha Lehrman; uncles LaVern Meinberg, William Noelck, Melvin Lehrman, Edgar Heitshusen, John D. Scott and Don Magdefrau; and cousins Gayle Lehrman, Dean and Mark Heitshusen and Jan Magdefrau.
Jerry is survived by his parents Ivan and Velma of Johnston; brother Brian and his beloved sister-in-law Nan Boland of Polk City; aunts Ruth Noelck of Hampton, Alice Heitshusen of Williamsburg, Luella Scott of Mechanicsville and Frances Magdefrau of Belle Plaine; and his cousins and their famllies.