Stan Martin Butler

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Stan Martin Butler, 62, of Kansas City, MO, passed away on April 30th, 2020.

Stan was born on April 2nd, 1958 in Lamar, Missouri to the late Clint and Betty Jane Butler.  He grew up in the small towns of Lamar and Carthage, MO with three brothers and a sister.  Stan had a strong imagination and big dreams.  As a boy, he would often ride his bike to the local swimming pool.  He was enamored with the likes of sea explorer and conservationist, Jacques Cousteau.  This adventurous spirit inspired Stan to learn how to scuba dive, training in the lakes of the Midwest. 

As an avid athlete, Stan could often be found on the football field or running sprints at track.  In 1976, he graduated from Lamar High School and went on to receive a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology (University of Missouri at Rolla) in 1981. 

Immediately following graduation, Stan was recruited and accepted a position with Hallmark Cards, Inc.  He began employment in Equipment Engineering and later moved to Machine Design. He was a dedicated worker and a mentor to all during his 32 year career with the company.  Stan was also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers from 1983-2015. 

Stan is remembered by his passion for unusual and often unique foods and for his wonderful sense of humor.  He was a jack of all trades, yet great at them all and was always willing to lend a hand.  Most of all, he loved to get lost in a good story, whether that was a book, movie, song or just gazing into a starry sky.

Stan is survived by his 2 children and 1 grandchild.  They plan to take him on a trip to New Zealand as he requested.  This trip brings a smile to their faces, an adventure to a place he always wanted to visit and to complete his last big dream.


A Celebration of Life will be held for Stan once it is deemed safe to travel and hold gatherings in light of COVID-19.  In the meantime, his family is requesting to please send any memories or photos to


  1. Max Guinn on November 23, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    Stan was a great guy and a great friend. As college roommates we had a lot of good times. I miss him.

  2. Max Guinn on November 23, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    Stan was a great individual and a great friend. As roommates in the college years we had a lot of fun. I miss him.

  3. Barbara Grau and Dan Carley on May 26, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    Stan was a cherished friend. We heard from him almost daily. We miss him, his jokes, his goofy antics, his intellectual curiosity, and his good heart. There is a permanent whole in our lives with his passing.

  4. Ron on May 23, 2020 at 1:10 pm

    I had not known Stan long but was looking forward to getting to know him. So sorry for your and our loss

  5. Mike Potter on May 19, 2020 at 7:44 pm

    I will never forget how kind and generous Stan was to me growing up. I always think of Stan pulling me aside in Neosho Missouri at my first track meet when I was only a freshman. There I stood in My Fabulous waffle bottom Nike tennis shoes, getting ready to run the hundred yard dash when Stan Butler one of the fastest man in the state of Missouri looked down at my feet, and asked me where my track spikes were at? I replied with my normal intelligent answer, what are track spikes? Stan didn’t say a word he just simply walk me over to the fence where his gym bag was, reached in and handed me a pair of his own personal track spikes. I still have those tiger track shoes. Rest in peace Stan

  6. Vicky Masterson on May 19, 2020 at 5:41 pm

    So sorry for your loss.

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