Our Company

Our Story

Founded by Ivan and Coral Butler in 1975, the early days were challenging times for the family, which included four young children.

Ivan decided to embark on starting a new profession, while also working as a motor mechanic. Ivan decided that if he was to do this, he would have to do it right. It led Ivan to discovering there were limited appropriate educational opportunities available in Australia in the early 1970’s. Therefore, he applied to several funeral homes in the United States, eventually obtaining a student position with Feeney Kirby Funeral Homes whilst studying at the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis.

In 1972, at the age of 40, Ivan ventured abroad for 15 months, leaving Coral and four children behind to fulfil his dream and vision.

In College, he studied the many aspects of Funeral Management, in particular the art and science of embalming, with high reference to anatomical reconstruction, areas in which he received high merit and awards of recognition for his outstanding achievements.

Following graduation from the Indiana College of Mortuary Science, Ivan finally returned home. He designed, built and founded the family company, and on the 27th of June 1975, he conducted his very first funeral at the Enfield Crematorium.

Since Ivan’s retirement in July 1992, the family company has been under the guidance of Ivan’s son, Michael and his wife Rachel, with third generation and grandson Thomas, also working in the family business.

Ivan passed away in 2013, and as a highly respected family-owned South Australian company, our business is built on a foundation of caring and tradition. It’s a family legacy that we as family embrace today.

Enjoying a trusted reputation, the Butler family addresses their client’s personal needs with a focus on satisfying the wishes of loved ones and their families with warmth and understanding.

Chapel

I’VE MADE THE right CHOICE

Our private chapel offers seating for up to 100 people in a contemporary atmosphere. The chapel is equipped with the latest audio video technology ensuring the highest level of service when celebrating the life of your loved one.

Lounge

I’VE BEEN TOUCHED by COMPASSION

Our function room and lounge facility provide the ideal opportunity to gather with friends and family following the service. Allowing you to continue to share those special memories of your loved one in a warm, friendly, and relaxed environment.

I’VE MADE THE right CHOICE

Arrangement Room

I’VE PUT MY TRUST in PROFESSIONALS

With your personally assigned funeral consultant, you can be sure of sensitive guidance to provide a funeral service deserving of your loved one’s memory. From the first consultation, whether in the privacy of your own home or within the comfort of our private arranging room, your consultant will be there for you to provide gentle, caring support, guiding you through the whole funeral experience.

I’VE PUT MY TRUST in PROFESSIONALS

Vehicles

I’VE LOOKED FOR high STANDARDS

Reflecting the quality and high standards of our company, our modern fleet of vehicles are immaculately maintained and detailed at all times.

Our Staff

Ivan & Coral Butler

Founders

Michael, Rachel and Thomas Butler

Geoff Lewis

General Manager

Karina Jones

Funeral Director / Consultant

Allie Scott

Mortuary Manager / Funeral Director / Consultant

Dean Atkinson

Funeral Director / Consultant

AFDA

Ivan Butler Family Funeral Directors are proud Members of the Australian Funeral Directors Association.

The AFDA has supported and represented funeral directors interests since 1935. It is the peak industry body with Member firms in every State and Territory.

AFDA is widely recognised as the authoritative voice on all funeral matters and its key objectives is to optimise the funeral experience and ensure quality delivery of service to the wider community by enhancing and promoting professional funeral standards.

AFDA Members and the AFDA Trademark represent security, care and professional service. AFDA Members are bound by a strict Code of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct designed to meet both community needs and expectations in all aspects of service delivery. The code is a reassurance to the community of sincere care and professional service, particularly at a time of uncertainty and distress for grieving families and relatives.

As a Member of the AFDA, we are contributing to the future of our industry as well as benefiting from resources, news, professional development, promotion, advocacy, events and networking opportunities.

Please visit the AFDA via the link here for further information on The Australian Funeral Directors Association.