Bryant honors Butler after former mayor's passing
Rep. Terri Bryant (R-Murphysboro) expressed condolences on Monday in a press release after learning that former Marion Mayor Bob Butler had passed away.
"To say Mayor Butler was a giant in the world of Southern Illinois politics would be an understatement," Bryant said in the release. "Bob Butler, or just ‘Mayor,’ as so many fellow Southern Illinoisans knew him, was a tenacious and dedicated public servant. He gave so much of his life to bettering Marion, and because of his hard work during more than 50 years of service, the entire region is better off."
Bryant said her thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to the people of Marion, and most especially to Butler’s friends and family on his passing.
Butler was mayor of Marion from 1963 until 2018. He resigned for health reasons and was, at that time, the second-longest serving mayor in the nation, according to The Southern Illinoisan.
Butler's death came on the same day as Marion's newest mayor, Mike Absher, was sworn in.