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Civil rights voice James Butler dead at 99

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James Edmond Butler, one of the most prominent voices in the local and state civil rights struggles of the last half century, died Tuesday at Via Christi Village. He was 99.

Born Sept. 13, 1913, Mr. Butler became prominent in civil rights issues following a lengthy career in the military, which included more than three decades of service, some of it during World War II. Following his departure from the military, he graduated from Kansas State University in 1974 with a degree in social sciences, and in 1979 was named by Gov.

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