Arthur “Butch” Boatright

Jul 20th, 1939 - Jan 14th, 2021


Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

Tue, Jan. 19th, 2021 10am


Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

Tue, Jan. 19th, 2021 11am

Arthur “Butch” Boatright

Arthur “Butch” Boatright, 81, passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family.

Butch was born on July 20, 1939 in Marion to Joseph and Madge (Lanthrum) Boatright.  He married Lilly Stewart on May 25, 1963 in Marion.

Butch served in the U.S. Marine Corp.  He worked as a cable splicer for GTE and a contractor for Sullivan Electric.  Butch was a member of the Elks, the Sky Squires, the Chainsaw Carvers Guild and Second Baptist Church. His passion was chainsaw carving which he was able to pass down to his daughter.

Survivors include:

Wife-Lilly Boatright

Daughter-Tina Bollman (Scott)

Son-Jason Boatright

Granddaughter-Chelsea Burnett (Drew)

Grandson-Joey Phillips (Nick Bettress)

Granddaughter-Zoe Boatright

Brother-in-law-Jerry Stewart (Toni)

Brother-in-law-Jackie Stewart (Cheryl)

Several nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Peggy, Patty Jo and Betty.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 11am at Blue Funeral Home in Marion with Rev. John Howatt and Rev. Kevin McNeely officiating.  Military Rites will be provided by the Marion VFW with assistance from the United States Marine Corp.  Visitation will be on Tuesday from 10am until the time of service at the funeral home.

Due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus, those attending the service are asked to follow social distancing guidelines and wear a face mask.

5 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Billy Jackson and family

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: January 17, 2021

    Pretty sure my dads best friend and one man I respected dearly my entire life . I love you guys , the entire family help make myself the man I am . There is nothing you can say to help this except ( he’s gone with dad and there having a big time I guarentee )

  • Guest: Robert Vandeveer

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: January 17, 2021

    Lilly, Sharon and I were very sad to here about Butch’s passing. We are keeping you and yours in our prayers. We know that God will be with you to help you thru this difficult time. These are the moments when HE will not let you down. God Bless, Bob & Sharon Vandeveer

  • Guest: Jim Samples

    From: Virginia Beach, Virginia

    Date: January 18, 2021

    Butch and I were friends for 60 plus years. We were raised in the same neighborhood and worked together for the same company (Butch always reminded me he had seniority). I learned from Butch, when life knocks you down, you get up and keep moving forward. In our many conversations over the years, I realized, while Butch sometimes, came across as a hard nose; he had a wonderful heart. Butch helped many; however, he always kept what he did for others to himself. Butch always showed a very soft side when he spoke of Lilly, Tina , Jason and his Grandchildren. Butch loved his Family and his many Friends.
    I will miss him; however, I am happy he is no longer in pain, and is now in a better place. My best wishes and love to all his family in this difficult time.

  • Guest: Carl and Marge Patterson

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: January 19, 2021

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Will be praying for you and your family. Miss seeing you at church.

  • Guest: Boogie and Sharon

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: January 30, 2021

    We were so sorry to hear about Butch. He was a great artist with the wood. Praying for you and your family