He had been a resident at the Clay Health Center and the Exceptional Living Center for the past seven years. Nobe was born in Parke County, the son of George Washington Butler and Henrietta Thomas Butler. He worked on the family farm and in coal mining for several years. He was the manager for the City Coal Yard for 43 years. Following retirement, he worked as a crossing guard for the Eastside School children.
At the age of 34, he joined the U.S. Marines. Even though he was past the age of enlistment and had flat feet, the Marines did take him, but wouldn't allow him to go overseas. But staying stateside ended up being a landmark of his life. He was in the Marine Corp Honor Guard at the funeral services of the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Washington, D.C. He was honored to have participated in the ritual of funeral services for the nation's President.
He was a member of the American Legion Post #2, and he and his wife Bonnie enjoyed spending time at a cabin in Mansfield.
Nobe was a man who worked hard, was devoted to his family and enjoyed lively conversation. He was agreeable with his time at the nursing home, due to the care and the friendships he made over the years. He was grateful to all his dear caregivers and those who had become friends.
Survivors include his daughter Ruthann Jeffries, Brazil, grandchildren Tanya and Brent Baker, Steve and Tedra Butler, Brad and Lori Butler, Keri and Brian Rafferty, great-grandchildren Kade Baker, Kayla Chiles, Cole Butler, Jessica Butler, Megan Butler, Alexis Butler, Ella Rafferty and Ava Rafferty, several nieces, nephews and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years Bonnie Mae Daniels Butler, Oct. 15, 1984, a son Dale Butler, brother John Franklin Butler, and special friend Marion Murphy, five sisters Frances Butler, Opal Smith, Bay Elliot, May Trump and Mary Emrich.
Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m., at Lawson-Miller Chapel, with Rev. William Price officiating. Burial will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery. Military graveside rites will be provided by American Legion Post #2 and VFW #1127. Visitation will be Friday, from 4-8 p.m., and again one hour prior to services.
Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Hospital for Children, 50 S. Meridian, Suite 500, Indianapolis, Ind. 46202.
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