Robert Verl Butler, 69, of Idaho Falls, passed away Friday, March 15, 2013, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center after a lingering illness.
Bob was born July 31, 1943, in Idaho Falls to Alvin Dewayne Butler and Inez Lavina Bates Butler. He attended school at New Sweden Elementary, O. E. Bell and Idaho Falls High School.
He achieved his goal of obtaining his GED when he was 17 years old. Bob worked as a furniture salesman at Park Avenue Furniture for 20 years before his retirement.
On Jan. 26, 1968, he married Allona May Brammer in Iona, Idaho. To this union were born two daughters, Cynthia and Trina. Bob was a lifelong resident of Idaho Falls. He served as a Radioman 3rd Class in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.
Bob enjoyed spending time with his family. He loved to fish. He enjoyed bowling, reading and the Oakland Raiders.
Bob is survived by his loving spouse, Allona; daughters, Cynthia (Frank) Davis of Hampton, N.J., and Trina (Mike) Hanson of Kuna, Idaho; brothers, Arlan (Bev) Butler of Idaho Falls, Ron Butler of Whittier, Calif., and Kim (Evelyn) Butler of Los Angeles, Calif.; sister, Sharon Rowbury of Anaheim, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Darrell Butler.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Wood Funeral Home Chapel of the Pines, with Mike Hanson officiating. The family will visit with friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday prior to services, both at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to United Cerebral Palsy, www.ucp.org; or by sending your donation to 1825 K Street, NW Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.