Our funeral home employs 7 full and 15 part-time employees to provide the highest standard of care for families.
Michael G. Butler
President / Treasurer of Livingston-Butler-Volland Funeral Home. Graduate of University of Minnesota 1971, B. S. in Mortuary Science. Licensed in Nebraska since 1972 and in Kansas since 1979. Married to Marie K (Smith) Butler, two sons John M.G.(Nicki) and Luke P.G.(Heidi) Butler, 5 grandchildren. Member of NFDA, Nebraska Funeral Directors Association and International Order of The Golden Rule. Served as IOGR President 2002-2003 andpast president of FAMIC. Involved in numerous civic, fraternal and religious organizations including member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, 4th Degree KC and American Legion Post #11.
Marie K. Butler
Marie is an Advance Funeral Planning Specialist. She worked forty years with Hastings Catholic Schools as principal, teacher and curriculum director. Presently serving on the following community boards or organizations: Rotary International, HPAC (Hastings Public Access Corporation), Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Presently, is a member of PEO chapter FH, Fortnightly book club, HARSP (retired teachers), Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Group. Will do speaking engagements for clubs, groups, or organizations, on pre-need planning, upon request.
John M. G. Butler
Vice President / Secretary of Livingston-Butler-Volland Funeral Home. He earned his B.S. Degree in Business Management from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas in 1994. Mortuary Science Degree from Kansas City Community College, Kansas City, Kansas. While at Kansas State, John was a member of the Wildcat Football team, being a team captain his senior year. Returned to the family business in 1995. John is married to Nicki (Walford) Butler, twin daughters Tayelor and Shaye, and son Cooper. John is a licensed embalmer and funeral director. A member of St.Cecilia Catholic Church, 4th Degree Knights of Columbus as well as other civic organizations.
Nicki is an Advance Funeral Planning Specialist. She graduated from Hastings College with a degree in Human Resource Management in 1998. She is married to John Butler and they have twin girls, Tayelor and Shaye, and a son, Cooper. Member of St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church and volunteers at Hastings Catholic Schools. Will do speaking engagements for clubs, groups, or organizations, on pre-need planning, upon request.
Larry D. Butler
Larry attended the University of Northern Colorado and graduated with a Mortuary Science Degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1963. He came home to Hastings , Nebraska to help with the family business. Married to Uschi Butler and father to Erik and Tyson Butler. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge, York Rite, Scottish Rite and Shrine. Larry is also active in numerous fraternal and civic organizations. He retired October 1, 2004.
Michael M. Davis
Funeral Director / Embalmer employed December, 1993.Graduated from Central Community College, Hastings College and Kansas City, KS College of Mortuary Science, Dec. 1993. He was married to the late Jane Davis and has a daughter and a son. Member of First St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Masonic Temple Mid-West Lodge #317 A.F. and A.M. and also Scottish Rite. He retired March 3rd, 2021.
Melissa M. Abbott
Melissa is our Office Manager, she joined our staff in August 2009 after moving to the area in 2007. Melissa is originally from Gothenburg and is married to Lonnie Abbott. They have two daughters, Kirsten and Teagan. She is a member of Grace United Methodist Church. She enjoys scrapbooking, attending sporting events, and spending time with family and friends.
Jeff is originally from Aurora. He went to Central Community College for two and a half years. He is married to Rhonda Fleischer and has two children, Amber (John) Wissing and Sam (Jenny) Nelson, and 4 grandchildren. He’s been employed at Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home since March 2011.
Shelbi started working at the funeral home in 2010 during her first year of college. Then attended Kansas City, Kansas Community College and earned a degree in Mortuary Science in 2013. She returned to Hastings to work for the funeral home. Shelbi has been a licensed funeral director and embalmer since 2014. Shelbi was married to the late RJ Barnes and has two children, Britton and Brinley. Shelbi and her children attend North Shore Assembly of God.
Jake C. Nutz
Jake started working at the funeral home in January of 2016
during his first year of college. Then attended Kansas City, Kansas Community
College and earned a degree in Mortuary Science in 2018. Jake returned in
January 2019 to work for the funeral home. Jake has been a licensed funeral
director and embalmer since January 2019. Jake enjoys being outdoors in his
free time and has one dog.
Hayley L. Griess
Hayley started working at the funeral home in August of 2020 and
received her funeral directing and embalmer license in 2019. After high school
she attending Hastings College and graduated with her Bachelors in Health and then attended Kansas City, Kansas Community College and graduated with an Associates of
Mortuary Science in 2018. She is the Cofounder of Our Little Angels Inc.
Nonprofit and part owner in her family business Kyra’s Properties LLC. She has
a family of four and two dogs.