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PEKIN ~ Mark James Butler, 53, of Pekin, passed away at 12:41 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at his residence surrounded by his friends.

Born June 17, 1963 in Peoria to William Frances and June Doris Lively, he married Joseph Butler on August 7, 2009 in San Diego, CA. They later divorced.

Mark is survived by many friends that he considered family, including Barb Mishler and Dee Day with whom he resided; Jim and Jodi Cunningham, along with their children, Cheyanne, Morgan and Dusty; his special sissy, Angela Mantovani; Christine Slater of Minnesota and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Roxanne Gregory and one brother, Donald Lively.

He loved spending time with his friends and beloved dog, Gracie and traveling.

Per Mark’s wishes, there will be no services or visitation. Cremation will be accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. He will be laid to rest in Michigan.

Memorial contributions may be given to Ilinois CancerCare, 8940 N. Wood Sage Rd, Peoria, IL 61615 or The A.R.K., 477 IL-26, Lacon, IL 61540 or TAPS, 100 Taps Lane, Pekin, IL 61554.

To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com