Robert C. Butenhoff Jr.
Robert Charles Butenhoff Jr., known to most as Bob, 88, Lonedell, departed this life Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, at his home surrounded by the love of his family. Bob was born Jan. 31, 1928, in St. Louis, the son of Robert Charles Butenhoff Sr. and wife Marcella, nee Gable. In 1934, he moved to Lonedell to be raised by his grandparents, George and Florence Medina. On July 29, 1950, he was united in marriage to Eva Marie Lefler, and five children came to bless this union. When Bob was living with Gram and Gramp Medina, he attended and graduated from Rockford Grade School. He later attended St. Clair High School, riding Woody's bus to get to school, and graduated in 1946. Bob was a Christian and lifelong, active member of Oak Grove Baptist Church, Lonedell. He served as a deacon for 44 years and was a past trustee of the church. Bob was proud to have served his country as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, entering Aug. 3, 1946, and receiving his honorable discharge Aug. 2, 1949. After his discharge, Bob worked for Ford Motor Company for a few years and then he made his career serving others as a firefighter. In the 1960s, he volunteered at the Lonedell Volunteer Fire Department, as well as the St. Clair Volunteer Fire Department. In 1957, he began his employment at the Clayton Fire Department in Clayton, serving as captain for many years. He retired in April 1989, after 32 years of service. Bob enjoyed many hobbies and interests during his life, but camping on the Meramec River with his family was his favorite. He enjoyed fishing and hunting deer, squirrels and rabbits. He especially enjoyed these hobbies when his family went with him. His children and grandchildren were his pride and joy, and he cherished the time they spent together. Bob is survived by his wife, Eva Butenhoff, Lonedell; his children, Michele Brown Jones and husband Roger, Washington, Lance Butenhoff and wife LaDonna, Union, Kirk Butenhoff, Lonedell, Renee Tlapek and husband Paul, Cape Girardeau, and Craig Butenhoff and wife Stephanie, Lonedell; seven grandchildren, Megan Sanders and husband Joshua, St. Louis, Meredith Carter and husband Kevin, Osage Beach, Nathan Butenhoff and wife Amanda, Washington, Kristen Bruns and husband Chris, St. Clair, Ben Tlapek, Cape Girardeau, Cole and Cyle Butenhoff, both of Lonedell; his half sister, Delores Brown and husband Robert, Union; one sister-in-law, Sandy Lefler, St. Clair; seven great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; great-nieces and -nephews; cousin; and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert C. Sr. Butenhoff Sr. and Marcella Butenhoff Fuchs; his grandparents, George and Florence Medina; one son-in-law, Michael Brown; one grandson, Mark-Robert Wayne Brown; his special aunt, Florence Butenhoff Niewoehner; and one brother-in-law, Ralph E. Lefler. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Oak Grove Baptist Church, Lonedell, with the Rev. Chauncey Clay officiating. Interment, with full military honors, was held in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to The BackStoppers, Inc. The family entrusted the care of their loved one to Russell Colonial Funeral Home, St. Clair.
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