John C. Butler, Jr.
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Tell City, Indiana
John C. Butler, Jr., 93, passed away Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at Oakwood Health Campus.
He was born May 28, 1920 in Tell City, son of the late John Butler, Sr. and Elma (Muelchi) Butler. Also preceding him in death were his brothers, Linwell Butler and Keith Butler, and his wife Caroline (Poehlein) Butler passed away in 2004.
A World War II U.S. Army veteran, he was awarded a Purple Heart. John was a member of Evangelical United Church of Christ, American Legion Post #213, American Legion 40 & 8, Disabled Army Veterans and Military Order of Purple Heart.
In 1982, he retired as terminal manager from A & H Truck Line, Inc., where he worked for over twenty nine years.
John was well known for his artistic ability. He took up painting in the 1960's. Over the course of 30 years, John went on to capture, in exquisite detail, some of the county's most recognized landmarks, churches, businesses and landscapes. After creating nearly 200 works, John put down his brushes about a decade ago in the face of arthritis and other physical limitations. He had enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family.
John is survived by his daughters; Diane Gaffney (Mel), Evansville and Corliss Krueger (Allen), Bandon; five grandchildren, Phillip Gaffney (Shelly Williams), Mary Gaffney (Wayne Cardwell), Lynn Fialkow (Jared), Emily Thomas (Sean) and Kassandra Krueger; 9 great grandchildren, Megan Gaffney, Addison Abbott, Alli Abbott, John Abbott, Caroline Barnhill, Hannah Fialkow, Samantha Fialkow, Jacob Thomas and Logan Thomas.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Saturday, December 28, 2013 at Evangelical United Church of Christ with burial in Greenwood Cemetery, where there will be military graveside rites conducted by American Legion Post # 213. Pastor J.T. Hills will officiate. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 7:00 PM Friday and from 9:00 until 10:30 AM Saturday at Huber Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Tell City Historical Society, American Legion 40 & 8, or Evangelical United Church of Christ.
Messages of condolence may be sent online to the family at www.huberfuneralhome.net.
Published in Courier Press on Dec. 26, 2013