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The Butler Family

Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home

As the Butler Family of Organizations has grown, its overall purpose has remained the same—“to help people mourn the death of their loved ones and to celebrate their lives with dignity and respect, and with genuine concern and support for the survivors. We help you say good-bye.”

The Butler family’s service to the community began at Kirlin & Egan Funeral Home, which has been family owned and operated since 1893. Harold Butler managed the firm starting in 1925 and assumed ownership in 1940. In 1965, the funeral home was purchased by Harold’s nephews, John B. “Jack” Butler and Jerome “Jerry” Butler, along with Leonard Berry and John J. McCarthy. Jack and Jerry Butler became sole owners of the firm in 1970, finally adding the “Butler” name to the funeral home in 1972. Jack’s son, Chris, a third generation of the Butler family, joined the firm in 1990 and purchased the business in 2002.

Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home served the community as a single location from 1893 until the year 2000, when Chris Butler built the Butler Cremation Tribute Center on the funeral home campus.

Butler Cremation Tribute Center

McCullough-Delaney & Butler Funeral Home



During the mid-1990s, increasing questions about and requests for cremation led to the development of an on-site, state-of-the-art cremation center. The Butler Cremation Tribute Center offers families the opportunity to be fully involved in the cremation and ceremonial process.

During the same period, increasing requests for local pet cremation by both pet owners and community veterinarians prompted the creation of the Butler Pet Services Division, which offers separate crematory facilities dedicated exclusively to pet cremation to help people recognize these special relationships and say good-bye with dignity and respect.

The firm started to expand its physical locations in 2005, when it officially became a part of the New Berlin community upon its purchase of the McCullough-Delaney Funeral Home.

The McCullough Funeral Home was established in 1947 by Mr. and Mrs. John A. McCullough. Bernie Delaney (a former associate of Butler Funeral Homes) purchased the business in 1986. In September 2005, Butler Funeral Homes purchased the organization, renovating both the interior and exterior of the facility, and addressing accessibility needs. Currently known as McCullough-Delaney & Butler Funeral Home, the facility continues to provide meaningful experiences to many, building on its long history of serving the communities of New Berlin, Curran, Berlin, Loami, Pleasant Plains, and the surrounding communities; and allows the Village of New Berlin to retain an important business in its community.

Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home
Arrangement Room



Kirlin-Egan & Butler Service Room




Boardman-Smith Funeral Chapel

In 2007, the Butler Organization saw another opportunity in the addition of Roselawn Memorial Park.

Roselawn has a rich history that begins with a unique connection to Camp Butler, a Civil War training camp for Illinois volunteers, located in the area known today as Camp Butler National Cemetery and Roselawn Memorial Park. More than 60 years later, Roselawn was incorporated in 1927. Because of the organization’s increased awareness of the needs of those desiring cremation, one of the immediate goals was to provide options for a permanent place of remembrance after cremation occurred. A variety of affordable columbarium options, urn garden memorials, cremation benches, and boulders are now available. Options for Green Burial, upright memorials, and the creation of Roselawn Pet Cemetery (a separate area dedicated to pet burial) are just some of the additional projects that have been completed since the purchase by the Butler Family.

The founders of Roselawn had a strong vision; they wanted to create an environment that balanced nature with necessity, and where a peaceful calm could be felt upon the grounds. Roselawn was designed to serve both the living and the dead. It is an asset to the area and will serve the community for generations to come.

The Butler Family of Organizations expanded once again in January 2015, with the acquisition of Boardman-Smith Funeral Chapel. The oldest funeral home in Springfield, Boardman-Smith was originally founded in 1848 and boasts an incredibly rich history that includes significant connections to many members of the Lincoln Family, including President Abraham Lincoln, and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln.

Extensive renovations have taken place, including several exterior building improvements, a dedicated planning suite, accessible restrooms, technology and audio/visual upgrades, updated interior décor, and enhanced landscaping.

Funeral customs have long reflected the society in which they are provided. The Butler Family of Organizations has adapted to and in many instances been in front of those changes, offering a broad spectrum of value options to meet the needs of individuals and families in our community.

The Butler Family of Organizations currently includes: Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, McCullough-Delaney & Butler Funeral Home, Boardman-Smith Funeral Home, the Butler Cremation Tribute Center, Butler Pet Services, Roselawn Memorial Park, Roselawn Pet Cemetery, and Roselawn Monument.

For additional information about the Butler Family of Organizations, please call (217) 544-4646 or visit

 Thank you to Chris Butler and the Butler Family of Organizations for all they do to further the profession, the association and educate the community on the importance of the funeral care profession.
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