Reuben D. Butke, 92, Stendal

Reuben D. Butke, 92, of Stendal, died Wednesday, January 20, at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper. He was born in Stendal April 15, 1928, to Benjamin and Mary (Egbert) Butke. He married Eunice A. Meyer October 24, 1953, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Stendal.

Reuben had a master’s degree in education and worked as a teacher and elementary school principal at schools in Huntingburg and Holland. In 1980 he was named Principal of the Year by the Indiana Association for Elementary School Principals. He was a member of the Indiana Retired Teachers Association, the Kiwanis Club, and St. Peter’s Church and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was an avid sports fan, backing the Southridge Raiders and Dubois County Bombers.

He is survived by his wife, Eunice Butke; one son, Kent Butke and wife Marcia, Huntingburg; two daughters, Amy Gonnerman and husband Gary and Beth Kendall and husband John, all of Holland; six grandchildren; and 11great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Juanita Hagemeyer and Dorothy Cannon, and two brothers, Austin Butke and Gerald Cannon.

Friends may call from 1-2 p.m. Saturday at St. Peter’s Church. Online condolences can be shared at Funeral services at 2 p.m. Saturday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery. Pastor Ed Wicks will officiate the service. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Holland American Legion Honor Guard.


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