Obituary: Bob Butler



Bob Butler, 88, Noblesville, died Oct. 13 at Riverwalk Commons in Noblesville. He was born on Jan. 21, 1927 to Fred and Evelyn (Jones) Butler in Indianapolis.

Bob graduated from Tech High School in Indianapolis and joined the United States Army in 1945. He served with the Fifth Infantry Division until it was decommissioned; then into the Third Infantry Division at Camp Campbell, Ky., until his discharge in October 1946. Bob received a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Purdue in 1949 and was employed as a founding partner of Butler, Fairman and Seufert, Inc. consulting engineers, retiring in 1989. He married Helen L. Hopper on Oct. 12, 1952, and was a member of The Service Club of Indianapolis, Murat Temple, Scottish Rite, Englewood Lodge #715 F&AM, Elks Lodge BPOE in Punta Gorda, Fla., Harbour Trees Golf Club, John Purdue Club, and the American Society of Civil Engineers. Bob enjoyed playing golf, and was an avid sports fan, especially for the Indianapolis teams of the Colts, the Indians, and the Pacers.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Elaine (Sean) O’Donnell; two grandchildren, Erin and Ryan O’Donnell; and brother, Richard (Lois) Butler.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his son, Jack Butler, in 2012.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 50 East 91st Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240.