ASHTABULA — Robert Claar Butcher Sr., age 83, died surrounded in love by his family.
The son of Harry and Ruth (Neely) Butcher, he was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on Dec. 23, 1929. As a child, he moved to the Chardon area with his family. Bob was a graduate of Chardon High School, where he participated on the basketball team and football team as the captain.
A Veteran, Bob joined the United States Army in 1949 and was honorably discharged in 1953.
While working at Neff Perkins, he met Marian Skidmore who would become his wife on June 15, 1968. Marian and Bob were the love of each other’s lives. Their love was one of mutual trust and admiration and they had just celebrated forty-five years of love and memories.
Bob felt called to join several fraternal organizations that were noted for the good works performed in their local communities. He was a member of Geneva Eagles; Lake Shore Aerie # 2243, where he was past president; and a member of the Eagles State Hall of Fame. He also joined Geneva Masonic Lodge #334, where held several positions of leadership and was a 32nd degree Mason. Bob was a generous and giving man and these two organizations exemplified his character.
Born with a wonderful work ethic, at a young age he went to work on a farm to earn money to help support his family. After his first “retirement” from Chardon Rubber, where he worked for thirty-two years, he went to work for SAS Rubber Company as an industrial engineer for eleven years until his second try at retirement.
A man of many talents, Bob enjoyed puttering in his garage and making quilt racks, cradles and wonderful pieces of furniture that were given to friends and family. Bob enjoyed the outdoors. Whether it was hunting or fishing, pitching in a softball league, or playing a round of golf with his friends, he lived his life to the fullest. Bob celebrated the achievements of his children and grandchildren, giving them words of encouragement and insight on being the best person you can be. He was a role model for his family and mentor for those he met along his life’s highway.
Bob will be remembered for his great warmth and compassion, his tenacity and strength in difficult times, and his unconditional love for friends and family.
Bob is survived by his wife of forty-five years, Marian Butcher; daughters, Lynda Babic of Geneva and Sheila Snyder of Ashtabula; sons, Claar (Charlene) Butcher of Windsor and Daniel (Rebecca) Butcher of Barrington, N.H.; grandchildren, Christopher Laidlaw, Bobby Butcher, L.J. and Logan Updyke, Benjamin Butcher and Kate Butcher; his brother, Charles “Chuck” (Linda) Neely of Chardon; sister, Ellie (Dan) O’Donnell of Jefferson; and loving nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, James L. Fryer, May 8, 2010; his parents; and his grandparents with whom he lived as a child.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3rd, at the DUCRO FUNERAL HOME, 4524 Elm Ave., Ashtabula, Ohio, with Kathleen Shaffer, Celebrant, officiating. Eagles Memorial Services will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Masonic Service at 6:45 p.m. Military Honors will be given by Geneva Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 6846.
Calling Hours will be observed from 5 p.m. until time of Service at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3rd, at DUCRO FUNERAL HOME, 4524 Elm Ave., Ashtabula.
If desired, contributions in Bob’s name may be made to the Activities Fund of Saybrook Landing, 2300 Center Road, Ashtabula, Ohio 44004.
Bob’s family would like to express to the staff of Saybrook Landing their gratitude and appreciation for the compassionate care given to Bob and his family.
DUCRO FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 4524 Elm Ave., Ashtabula, is in charge of arrangements. Obituary and condolences at www.ducro.com and starbeacon.com.