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November 18, 2013 11:51 AM

Beloved Blue Springs pastor Joey Butler dies at 51

Pastor Joey Butler, the beloved Blue Springs minister whose faith inspired thousands, has died at age 51. Suffering with renal cell cancer since Christmas 2011, even in his illness he found ways to teach people God’s love. The Gateway Church founder was featured in The Star in March, when word spread that the unofficial chaplain for the Blue Springs High School football team was stepping down from his position.

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