TELL CITY – John C. Butler, Jr., 93, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 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. His wife, Caroline (Poehlein) Butler, passed away in 2004.
A graduate of Tell City High School, John was a World War II
veteran who was awarded a Purple Heart
. He was a member of Evangelical United Church of Christ, American Legion Post 213, American Legion 40 and 8, Disabled Army Veterans and Military Order of Purple Heart.
In 1982, he retired as the terminal manager at A & H Truck Line Inc., where he worked for over 29 years.
John was well known for his artistic ability. He took up painting in the 1960s. 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 enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family.
John is survived by his daughters, Diane Gaffney (Mel) of Evansville and Corliss Krueger (Allen) of Bandon; five grandchildren, Phillip Gaffney (Shelly Williams), Mary Gaffney (Wayne Cardwell), Lynn Fialkow (Jared), Emily Thomas (Sean) and Kassandra Krueger and nine 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 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at Evangelical United Church of Christ. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, where there will be military graveside rites conducted by American Legion Post 213. The Rev. J.T. Hills will officiate.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Huber Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tell City Historical Society, American Legion 40 and 8 or Evangelical United Church of Christ.
Messages of condolence may be sent online to the family at www.huberfuneralhome.net.