GENEVA — Lynn Clark Butte Sr., age 95, of Eastwood St., went home to Heaven on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, to join his wife.
He was born April 9, 1918, in Erie, Pa., the son of Stanley and Rhean (Parker) Butte. His mother died 10 days later from complication with the birth.
Growing up in the area, he worked many of the farms in Ashtabula County until being drafted during World War II. He spent six years in the Army on, as he put it, “one of the best paid tropical vacations one could ever have,” spending his tour in Hawaii, the Gilbert Island, and Iwo Jima, to name a few. He earned several awards for his service being a radioman and gunner.
On Oct. 14, 1947, he married Emma E. Barnum of Perry, Ohio. They were married for 60 years before her passing five years ago.
Prior to his retirement in 1982, he worked 37 years as an equipment operator for Coe Manufacturing Company in Painesville.
He and his wife traveled the United States in a camper, spending winters in California, Florida and Texas where they would enjoy visiting with their children and grandchildren.
His passions were many, but his love for flying started at a young age. He got to spend time with “Lindy” after his flight. Lynn spent special time talking with him when he toured the area schools. Not permitted to join the Air Corps, he realized his dream of getting his student pilot’s license, but would be disqualified after having open heart surgery. He was one of the first in the nation to receive this experimental surgery, which is now the one most utilized to save lives. He lived 38 years after the surgery.
He enjoyed flea markets and looking for the special buys on electronics and a good cowboy story would keep him reading for hours at a time.
His survivors include eight children, Nancy (Roy) Mampel of Geneva, JoAnn Jones of Idaho, Lynn (Cathy) Butte Jr. of Michigan, Judy (Ted) Fronk of Painesville, Bonnie Aponte of Geneva, Garry (Jeanine) Butte of Arkansas, Sharon (Roy) Tereba of Geneva, and Betty Hernandez of Painesville; countless grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Linda (John) Dragar of Union City, Pa.; many nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Lillian (Barnum) Kirkingburg of Ashtabula; the Burkholder family of Perry; and a dear friend and caregiver, Paula Cauffield.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma E. Butte on May 11, 2008; one son, Robert Butte; son-in-law, Sam Hernandez; nephew, Tim Dragar; and many more who have greeted him in Heaven.
A Service will be held 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 27th, at Christ Episcopal Church, 66 S. Eagle St., Geneva. Fr. C. Thomas Jackson will preside, with Full Military Honors by the Geneva VFW Post #6846. Burial will be in South Ridge Cemetery, Perry Township.
Contributions may be made to DUCRO FUNERAL SERVICES AND CREMATORY, 4524 Elm Ave., Ashtabula, Ohio, who is in charge of arrangements. Obituary and condolences at www.ducro.com and starbeacon.com.