Chris Butler, CFSP, serves as the President and CEO of the Butler Family of Organizations, which includes: Roselawn Memorial Park, Roselawn Pet Cemetery, and Roselawn Monument, as well as Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, McCullough-Delaney & Butler Funeral Home, Boardman-Smith Funeral Home, Staab Polk Memorial Home, Butler Cremation Tribute Center, Lincoln Land Cremation Society, and Butler Pet Services.
Chris was born in Springfield, IL and is a graduate of Christ the King Grade School, Griffin High School, Springfield College in Illinois, the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, Forest Park Mortuary Science Program in St. Louis, MO, and the National Foundation of Funeral Service School of Management. Chris is an active participant in many funeral and cemetery service organizations including Selected Independent Funeral Homes, International Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Association, and various other educational organizations, and has served in various office capacities.
Chris is also active in the Springfield community, and is currently a member of Christ the King Parish—where he was honored as 2014 Distinguished Alumnus and serves on the school board. He is also involved with Knights of Columbus Council 4179, Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Bishop Griffin Assembly, American Business Club (past Board Member and past President), and is an Ambassador of Hope for the Hope Institute for Children and Families. Chris also served as a past Board Member for the American Cancer Society, past Chairman of the Business Drive for Springfield College in Illinois, past Division Chairman for the United Way of Central Illinois, and past Ambassador and current member of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. He also previously served as a member of the St. John’s Hospital Advisory Council and served on the Renovation Committee for the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Legacy of Faith Campaign for Christ the King Church. Chris has also has been active with Downtown Springfield, Inc. and is a current member. He served on the Advisory Board of the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln and currently serves on advisory board for St. Patrick’s Grade School. He is a member of the School Board at Christ the King School and Parish Council. Chris and his wife Val are serving as the 2017 United Way Campaign Co-Chairs. An advocate for animals, Chris is also glad to be a supporter of the Animal Protective League. In 2013, Chris and Butler Funeral Homes were honored by the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce with the Diamond Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2017, Chris was inducted into the Sacred Heart- Griffin High School Hall of Fame.
Chris and his wife Val, who serves as the Communications and Marketing Coordinator for the organization, enjoy working in their yard, traveling, and spending time with their daughters, Camilla & Audra and their dogs, Millie, and Pearl, who serves as a Certified Grief Comfort Dog for the organization. Chris is glad to be a life-long resident of the Springfield community and also enjoys the spirit that is present in each of the communities served by the Butler Family of Organizations.