Reuben N. Butler
April 29, 1932 ~ July 8, 2013
Reuben N. Butler, 81, of Eagle, left this earth to reunite with his parents and beloved brothers and sister on July 8, 2013. He was born on April 29, 1932 to George and Lula Butler in Emmett, Idaho. He was the fifth of six children with older brothers and sisters; Boyd (Myrtle), Bob (Fern), Orie Alice (Frosty) McNealy, Betty (John) Rademacher, and little sister Marjorie (Ted) Spencer.
Reuben attended school in Emmett until he was 16, then went to live with his brother Bob and Fern in American Falls, Idaho where he graduated from high school in 1950. That same year, he attended an Ola dance and found something that changed his life forever. A brown-eyed 15-year old girl named Bonnie Cherry. It took almost six months to convince her to go on a date with him but on that first date he gave her his class ring, then two months later he joined the Navy and spent four years on the USS Monssen. Amazingly, at their young age they continued to write love letters and stay in contact with one another over those long four years until he finally returned home for good. Then, on Sept. 2, 1955, they married.
He began his college education at Boise Junior College (BSU), but continued it at University of Idaho, earning a degree in Business & Forestry. It was there in Moscow, they had their first child, Kathy. After graduating, he landed a job with Boise Cascade where he sold lumber wholesale and then welcomed their second daughter, Kristi. Three years later, they finally had the son that they always wanted when Keith came along in 1963. In 1966, they were transferred to Portland, Oregon along with 26 other Boise Cascade families where they lived until 1972, when Reuben knew they had to return to Idaho. He left Boise Cascade and went to work at BMC West in Emmett where he became manager until he retired.
Aside from family, fishing, hunting, and golf were Reuben's other loves. They built a cabin in Terrace Lakes on the 18th green where they made many friends and could golf to their heart's content! Eventually they built their dream home in Castle Mountain. During those years he had three hole-in-ones! In 1996, they built a home in Eagle in order to be closer to their kids and grandchildren. Golf was still a main stay in his life. He worked at Shadow Valley Golf Course for 13 years until his health declined. In his quiet yet witty way, he acquired many wonderful friends over the years. He loved his family more than words can say. He enjoyed being with friends and family, golfing, going for walks, and teasing! Even his Hospice nurses had their share of his fun side. Life is bitter-sweet, we are dealt with happiness and sadness. We are so sad to have him leave us but so happy that he will finally be whole and happy once again. We love you Pops, you are such an honorable man. Now go fishin' with your dad and brothers, we'll all meet up with you soon.
Reuben was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, and little sister; a step-brother and close friend, John Goodwin. Surviving him is his wife and sweetheart, Bonnie; children. Kathy (Rick) Leonard, Kristi (Mike) Spicer, Keith (Suzie) Butler; grandchildren, Suzi (Adam) Kramer, Jennifer (Brandon) Cheyney, Nick Spicer, CeeJay (Jake) Hale, Britney Butler; great grandchildren, Rylee and Jackson Kramer, Hannah and Taylor Cheyney and baby Hale (due in Nov.).
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, July 15, 2013 in the Eagle United Methodist Church, located at 651 N. Eagle Rd., Eagle, Idaho. Immediately following the services, a lunch will be served for family and friends. Graveside services with Military Honors will be held following the luncheon at 2:00 PM at the Idaho State Veteran's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation or
. Services are under the direction of the Relyea Funeral Chapel.