Donna Mae Butler

January 18, 1936December 14, 2020

Ames, IA

Donna Mae (Robertson) Butler, 84, passed away peacefully on December 14, 2020 at her residence in Ames, IA. A private family funeral service will be held at Collegiate United Methodist with burial following at McCallsburg Cemetery.

Donna was born to Charles and Edythe Robertson in Hubbard, IA on January 18, 1936 in the middle of a blizzard. She graduated from Hubbard High School and spent her teen years babysitting so she could go roller skating at the Ritland Barn, where she would meet the love of her life, Vincent Gail Butler. They began dating at age 14 and married a month past her 18th birthday. They had four children, Craig, Chris, Cyndi, and Connie.

While raising four children, Donna worked at Ames Hearing Aid Center and then at Iowa State University Fire Services. When she wasn’t working or running kids, Donna enjoyed sewing, cooking, and crafting with her sister-in-law, Phyllis Harshbarger. They were always up to new ideas and would be found at the kitchen table laughing and conjuring up their next project. Donna was a member of the Collegiate United Methodist Church where she was faithfully involved working in the library, assisting with funeral services and making baby blankets and quilts for missionaries.

In 1984, Vince and Donna bought a houseboat at Saylorville Lake. They would spend the next 20 years with all their boating friends, enjoying Saylorville sunsets. There were fishing tales to be told and when grandkids came along, they were constantly looking for the biggest fish in the lake, a.k.a, Walter. In 2004, the next journey began when they bought a lake house at the Lake of the Ozarks. 15 years where families and friends came together several times a year and made incredible life long memories. Her 6 grandchildren were able to spend a lot of time with their grandma and grandpa, learning all the ways their grandparents fixed things, a.k.a., duct tape and making Grandma’s famous potato salad or brownies. Neither of which made it to the table before they were enjoyed by all.

Donna joined Vinny after 66 years of marriage, where they will continue their love for backwards two-stepping together. Donna is also preceded in death by her parents and son-in-law, Steve Sutter. Donna is survived by her 4 children: Craig (Becky) Butler of Ames, IA, Chris Butler of Minneapolis, MN, Cyndi Sutter of Overland Park, KS and Connie (Brian) Cook of West Des Moines; 6 grandchildren: Ryan (Kiley) Sutter and daughters Kennedy and Avery, Matthew Sutter, Megan (Devin) Rose, Emily (Tyler) Timmerman, Samantha and Nicolas Cook; and siblings: older brother, Dick; and two sisters, Judy and Charlene.

In lieu of flowers, memorials for Donna Butler can be made to the Israel Hospice House in Ames, IA. Donna’s family invites you to join them via livestream at


  • Charles Robertson, Father (deceased)
  • Edythe Robertson, Mother (deceased)
  • Vincent Gail Butler, Husband (deceased)
  • Craig Butler (Becky), Son
  • Chris Butler, Son
  • Cyndi Sutter, Daughter
  • Connie Cook (Brian), Daughter
  • Donna ispreceded in death by her husband, parents and son-in-law, Steve Sutter.

    Donna has 6 grandchildren: Ryan (Kiley) Sutter and daughters Kennedy and Avery, Matthew Sutter, Megan (Devin) Rose, Emily (Tyler) Timmerman, Samantha and Nicolas Cook; and siblings: older brother, Dick; and two sisters, Judy and Charlene.


  • Private Family Funeral Service

    Saturday, December 19, 2020



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Jacque Bell

December 23, 2020

On Behalf of the entire Bell Family we extend our sympathies to your family. Especially Larry and I have very fond memories of your family and me just hanging out with your mom and dad, while Larry went to mess around with Craig. They both made us very much welcome. A former neighbor just up the hill on Emerald Drive.

Eric Clinton

December 18, 2020

Aunt Donna--

Cant believe you are gone I always loved it when Mom would say we were going to Ames to see you and the rest of the Butlers . Know you and Uncle Vince are up there rollar skating at that rink up in the sky and rooting on ISU from your new SKY Box.

Love and Miss you


Terry Samuels

December 17, 2020

Hugs for you all. So thankful for all the wonderful memories of summers spent with family in Iowa. Welcome home, Aunt Donna. You have been made new. We love you so much. You will be sorely missed.

Lois Petersen

December 17, 2020

So sad to hear of Donna's passing. She was always such a bubbly and fun person to be with. We went all through our school years together. And I always remember how much fun she and Vince had at the roller rink.

A special memory I have is when the man who became my husband, Bob, and I went to their first apartment in Cedar Falls and helped them paint. (That was really my first "date" with Bob.) And this was before their first child was born. And I always enjoyed time with Donna when we had class reunions. My sympathy to all the family! She will sure be missed.

Martie Debert

December 17, 2020

My husband Dan & I met Donna & Vince when we retired & moved to the Lake of the Ozarks. We lived there full time but Donna & Vince came down ever so often. If it were up to Vince, they would be down there full time but he couldn’t convince Donna of that. He kept asking me to talk to Donna about how nice it was to live there full time & there would be lots to do.
I was always happy when they would get down here because we would get to visit a lot & we would always go out to eat together. We usually walked our dogs together & we never seemed to run out of things to talk about. They were really good friends & we will truly miss them.

Marti Steelman

December 16, 2020

My thoughts are with the Butler and Robertson families. I will remember looking across the sanctuary on Sunday mornings seeing my parents, Donna and Vincent sitting next to each other. Donna was a quilter with the Holy Tearers at CUMC a group that made beautiful quilts for mission trips. Donna was always a happy person with a smile for everyone who shared her time and her talents.

Steve and Glenda Robertson

December 16, 2020

Our sympathy to the Butler family, Dick, Judy, and Charlene. Our prayers go out to you at this difficult time. We will always remember that big smile of hers!

Lynell Dougherty

December 16, 2020

My condolences to Donna's family. We enjoyed our time working in the church library. Donna always made sure we had something to go with our coffee, either a goodie she had already baked that morning after she had walked her dog or something from the store she had picked up on the way to the church. Our library team will miss her as all of you will.