Grazier Frank Butler mourned
MOURNERS took up every available position at St Saviour's Anglican Church yesterday for the funeral service of Yarwun grazier Frank Butler.
Mr Butler died last Sunday, age 78, about four years after he suffered a severe stroke that restricted what had been a very active life.
His public life included several terms as an alderman (councillor) on the Calliope Shire Council.
Several eulogies were delivered at the funeral. This article is mainly based on those given by his sons Brian and Craig. Mr Butler was born on January 18, 1927 and lived all of his life in Targinnie.
He began his formal education at Targinnie School in 1933. He completed his scholarship in 1940 then attended Brisbane Grammar School where, in 1942, he obtained his Junior pass.
He completed his formal education at Gatton College in 1944 graduating with a Diploma in Agriculture.
He was a keen sportsman and continued playing cricket, tennis and laterbowls after leaving school.
He married Barbara Jackson in 1954, raising four children while working for his father on the property until 1961 when he took over running the property himself.
In the late 1980s, Mr Butler's marriage ended in divorce and he met his present partner Christine Houston.
Craig Butler said his father adored all his grandchildren. He said Christine would often remark that it was a waste of effort trying to move her husband from the house on Saturday or Sunday in case any of the family should visit. According to Brian Butler:
'Dad was very in tune with the land and took great care to avoid land degradation while working out property development approvals.'
'He said his father took a keen interest in what was going on on the property.
He said about six months ago, he and brother Craig slipped up and put the wrong brand of two brands the property uses on one beast.
It was noticed by his father, and though he could not speak he pointed straight at the animal as if to say: 'What are you blokes up to?'
Craig Butler also recalled that his father's favourite crop was tomatoes.
'He had a tremendous understanding of this plant and used the skills he learned at Gatton College to develop his own particular variety ? it was highly sought after at market,' he said.
Mr Butler was elected to Calliope Shire Council in 1961 and remained there for 30 years ? the second longest stint in that council. He was deputy chairman (deputy mayor) from 1970 to 1988.
He was also involved in a number of bodies and organisations which included the Targinnie Rural Fire Brigade, of which he was a founder, the Yarwun Targinnie Co-operative, member and chairman of the Yarwun Targinnie War Memorial Committee and secretary of the Central Coast Cricket Association.
His funeral was followed by a committal service at the Rockhampton Crematorium Chapel.