Charles “Ted” Butters, 79, of Oelwein passed away on Saturday August 19, 2017 at his home, after a 3 year battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Friday August 25, 2017 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein with a Rosary Service beginning at 3:45 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 AM on Saturday August 26, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein. Inurnment will be in Woodlawn cemetery at Oelwein.
Charles “Ted” was born on October 14, 1937 in Iowa City to parents Louis and Helen (Lown) Butters. His parents divorced and he was raised by his grandparents, Charles and Emma Butters. He attended St. Johns Catholic School. Ted then served his country honorably in the United States Army from 1955 to 1959 where he served 2 years in Korea.
On October 31, 1959 he was united in marriage with Sheila Potter at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein. Four children were born to this union. Ted was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He was employed with OCCO/ADM in Oelwein for 34 years until the plant closed. He then was employed with Signode in West Union for 10 years until he retired in 2001.
Ted was a long time member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Ted enjoyed hunting and archery. He always enjoyed hunting with his son Scott and a great group of five hunting buddies. He loved the outdoors and keeping his lawn looking nice. He really enjoyed doing leather crafts. He made numerous billfolds, checkbook covers and Rosary cases. Ted rode in RAGBRAI for 7 years. He loved dogs, especially his Bassett Hound, Barney who was his companion for the last 12 years. Ted also enjoyed his numerous trips to the Black Hills area of South Dakota and his trips to Yellowstone. Ted enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren and friends.
Ted is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sheila; his children: Scott (Lanette) Butters of Fayette, Susan (Dave) Rau of Marion and Sandy (Mike) Schulmeister of Oelwein; 9 grandchildren and 1 step grandson; 10 great-grandchildren and 2 step great-grandsons; as well as many other relatives and friends.
Ted was preceded in death by his grandparents; his father and step mother; his mother; his father-in-law and mother-in-law: Dale and Nora Potter; his son Mike Butters (2000); and his step grandson Bryan Schulmeister (2011).
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in his name.