In 1962, Harry founded the Harry Butler Associated Funeral Home in North Kansas City, Missouri. In 1964 he opened an additional facility at 6300 Parallel, Kansas City, Kansas, the Harry Butler and Sons Funeral Home. Harry, and his son, Thomas, managed the three locations until Harry’s death in 1971. Sadly, his death occurred just 3 months short of his 50th anniversary in the Funeral Business. Late in 1971 Harry’s son, Tom, decided to pursue his life-long dream of commanding his own craft in ocean waters. Adventurously, he moved to the Virginia Beach–Norfolk, Virginia area and became a Yacht Broker. He lived his dream until his untimely death some fifteen years later. Also in 1971, at that same time, Harry’s daughter Mary Butler Meyers assumed management duties of the firm. She continued in that role until December 1984, when the 18th Street Chapel was sold and the Parallel Chapel was leased to a small corporation, Centurion. This corporate tenure lasted a mere two years when Centurion was acquired by a large international corporation.This corporate tenure lasted mere 14 years. In 1998, when it was time to renew the 6300 Parallel lease, the family decided to reacquire that location. It was their goal to once again offer personalized service to families.
Mary Butler Meyers, joined by her husband Max and son Curt, reopened as a family-owned and family-managed firm.