Advance Planning with Butler

Advance Planning with Butler

The subject of funerals is never easy to discuss. But discussing your funeral in advance can be a worthwhile experience in light of the impact your own death will have on those you love the most.

Planning ahead can help you reach goals, ease worries and save money. It eases the decision-making burden for loved ones and helps ensure family members know your views and wishes.

Free Personal Planning Guide

The Butler Funeral Homes & Cremation Tribute Center Personal Planning Guide is an extremely beneficial tool that acts both as a guide to record your personal wishes and as a planned guideline for your loved ones at the time of need.

The following are just some of the helpful tools within the guide:

  • Forms to record biographical/historical information, financial arrangements, and personal wishes for services and ceremonies
  • Survivor’s Checklist/Steps to take following a death
  • Explanation of options for funding arrangements in advance

Complete The Following To Request Your Free Personal Planning Guide:


Our Advance Planning Specialists




Neal Hovasse

Family Service Director, Advance Planning Specialist

email: nhovasse@butlerfuneralhomes.com

Neal Hovasse joined the Butler Family of Organizations as an Advance Planning Specialist in March 2019.

Neal was born and raised in Jacksonville, IL. He attended college at Lincoln Land Community College and Southern Illinois University.

 Prior to joining the Butler organization Neal worked in the banking industry for sixteen years and the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office for two years.

Neal and his wife; Teresa, live in Springfield, IL.  They have two children that attend the Pleasant Plains school district.

In his spare time, his interests include barbecuing, family camping trips, and playing with his children, Jack and Gracie Mae.



Sarah Miller

Advance Planning and Continued Care Director

Email : smiller@butlerfuneralhomes.com

Sarah Miller joined the Butler Family of Organizations as an Advance Planning Specialist in December 2014. She was born and raised in New Berlin, IL. After graduating from New Berlin High School, Sarah attended Robert Morris College in Springfield with a focus in business management. Sarah is a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Springfield. Before joining the staff at Butler, Sarah was a licensed multi-line insurance producer for State Farm Insurance Company. Her interests include traveling, staying active and spending time with her family, especially her husband, and their daughters, Rowan & Vada.

Sarah transitioned to a new position in 2019 and now serves as the Advance Planning and Continued Care Administrative Specialist.


Butler Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center- Springfield
Phone: (217) 544-4646
900 S. Sixth St., Springfield, lL 62703

Butler Funeral Home-New Berlin
Phone: (217) 488-3535
714 E. Gibson St., New Berlin, lL 62670

Butler Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center- Chatham
Phone: (217) 483-9292
8855 State Route 4, Chatham, IL 62629

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