Martha L. Butel, 89, Overbrook: March 18, 1929 – Nov. 11, 2018

OVERBROOK, Kan. – Martha L. (Betz) Butel, 89, of Overbrook, Kan., passed away Nov. 11, 2018, at Brookside Retirement Community, Overbrook. She was born March 18, 1929, the daughter of Perry Betz and Mary (Spurlock) Betz, in Lebanon, Kan.

Martha grew up in the Glen Elder, Kan., area working at her father’s weekly newspaper the Glen Elder Sentinel. She graduated from Beloit High School with the class of 1947 and then went on to graduate from Kansas State University in 1951 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

After graduating from college Martha worked in Topeka as proofreader for the Cappers Weekly Magazine. One evening a friend invited her to a dance at the Four Corners dance hall near Overbook. There she met John Butel. 

On March 18, 1956, Martha was united in marriage to John Butel, at the First United Methodist Church, Topeka, Kan. They celebrated their 62nd year of marriage this March.

Martha was a homemaker and farmer’s wife for the remainder of her life. She was also the bookkeeper for the Rural Water District No. 5 of Osage County from its beginning in 1970 until John and Martha retired in 2004.

Martha was a member of the Overbrook United Methodist Church. She loved to read her entire life. She was always in the mood for a cup of coffee and enjoyed the many trips that John and she took throughout the world. From Alaska to Mexico to Italy, they loved to see the world together, especially on their many cruises. Martha was also a devoted fan to her alma mater, Kansas State University. Purple was her favorite color and she was always excited to see her school play in any sport.

Martha is survived by her husband, John, of Overbrook; three sons, John L. Butel and his wife, Stephanie, West Des Moines, Iowa, Larry W. Butel and his wife, Boni, Overbrook, and James A. Butel and his wife, Chellie, Arnold, Mo.; and seven grandchildren, Bryan, Tyler, Brock, Gabriel, Abigail, Juliette and Vivienne.

She is preceded in death by her parents; daughter Sue Ann Butel; and seven siblings, Helen Kampschroeder, Mary Duroche, Ray Betz, George Betz, Perry Betz Jr., Katy Betz, and Enza Betz.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Overbrook United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Overbrook Cemetery. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Greenwood-Roberts Funeral Home, Overbook.

Memorial contributions may be made to Overbrook Library or Overbrook United Methodist Church and sent in care of Greenwood-Roberts Funeral Home, 730 Western Heights Drive, Overbrook, KS 66524. Condolences may be left at

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