Leo Edward Buttrum Jr.
Leo Edward Buttrum Jr., 87, of Evansville, died Tuesday, April 2, 2014.
He was born to the late Leo and Lucy Buttrum on July 28, 1926, in Evansville. Leo graduated from Bosse High School in 1944. After graduating from Bosse, he played center for the very first Evansville College (now University of Evansville) basketball team. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II. He received a degree in accounting from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois in 1953. He was proud of the fact that while attending Roosevelt on the GI Bill, he drove a taxi in Chicago. He was married to the late Barbara Ann (Krauss) Buttrum. They lived on the eastside of Evansville for many years. Leo practiced as a sole proprietor Certified Public Accountant at 200 Main Street for 35 years. He enjoyed his office windows, each measuring 15 feet tall and 35 feet wide looking out over Main Street and the Ohio River. His views of the Hydroplane Races on the Ohio River were awesome. Barb and Leo treasured their years hosting many foreign exchange students who became part of their extended family. Leo and Ivan Rodriguez enjoyed many trips to Chicago together to see Chicago Cubs baseball games. Leo became a Master Mason on May 22. 1961, Reed Lodge #316. He also was a member of the Scottish Rite, Hadi Shrine Temple and No Ruz Grotto.
Leo is survived by five children, Kirsten Anders, Edward Buttrum, of Indianapolis, Paul and Janie Buttrum, of Evansville, Nathaniel (Ty) and Sue Buttrum, of Boonville, Ind., and Mel and Claudia Buttrum, of Marysville, WA. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Jack Buttrum and his wife, Jane, of Evansville. Leo especially enjoyed his special friendship with Mary Maurer the past few years.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to The Rathbone Home, its kind employees, and Aseracare of Evansville.
Leo was a lifelong member of the Methodist Temple. A service will be held at the Methodist Temple, 2109 Lincoln Avenue on May 3 at 1 p.m. with a Celebration of Life immediately following.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the Methodist Temple in Memory of Leo E. Buttrum Jr.
Published in Courier Press on Apr. 13, 2014