Claire Edwin Butin, age 99 of Monroe, passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at Mercy One - Newton. Funeral services will be held on Monday, February 17, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Monroe United Methodist Church. Visitation will take place on Monday beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Church. Burial will take place at Hewitt Cemetery. If so desired, memorials may be directed to the Family. Memorial funds will be gifted to the PCM (Prairie City - Monroe) Science Departments. Condolences may be left for the family at www.coburnfuneralhomes.com
The son of Jesse Guy and Ina Rose (Terpstra) Butin, Claire was born on April 3, 1920 in Newton, Iowa. Claire served in the United States Army Air Corps from 1939 - 1946. His duties included radio operations and repair, link training of future pilots and Norden Bombsite maintenance. On September 5, 1941, Claire was united in marriage to Bernice Ruth Renaud of Sully. After being Principal for four years, Claire taught Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and General Science at the New Monroe Community High School. He taught for 28 years before retiring in 1983. He loved his family, friends and students and always made it a point to ask how they were doing. He was a member of the Monroe United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday School for a number of years and made many friends. He and Bernie enjoyed doing volunteer work throughout Jasper County. His hobbies included playing the harmonica and violin. He also enjoyed repairing violins for others.
Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Bernie of 78 years; a son, Robert Edwin Butin; seven grandchildren, Bradley (Liz) Albers, Brian (Jody) Albers, Darren (Dawn) Albers, Lance (Jennifer) Young, Chad Young, Elizabeth (Steve Breton) Butin, Annie (Andy) Almquist; sons-in-law, Dale Albers, Myron Young, and Gene Mitchell; and 22 great grandchildren. Preceding Claire in death were his parents, two daughters, Sandra Kay Albers and Lynn Carol Young Mitchell and a brother, Carroll Butin.
Claire was such a good friend!! We always looked forward to our Christmas time & many other events. Such chats we would have.
I still adore the darling chair he made me, for a doll & one of my adorable wee animals.
Always together for his & Roy's birthdays.
Such lovely sweet memories of you both.
Love, Bonnie (Swalwell Eilert)
Bernie and family, our condolences to you. I have great memories of visiting with the two of you when Claire was restoring my Grandpa's fiddle. I loved your stories and always felt very welcomed.
Our love and prayers are with you,
Jenny and Eric Anderson
I met Claire when he was recommended to me to repair my grandpa's fiddle. He restored it beautifully. Claire and Bernie were always so gracious and hospitable. I loved visiting with them.
A great educator. I have many fond memories of Chem and Physics classes and Science Club in 1978-80. His WWII stories. Talking him into a "science" field trip to Des Moines theater to see the Disney B movie "The Black Hole". Certainly part of making me what I am.
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