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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, June 13, 2013

OBITUARY ~ LOREN IVAN "BUTCH" SOBOTKA

Loren Ivan "Butch" SOBTAK was born October 2, 1938 to Edward and Frances CABERET SOBOTKA. Butch attended local schools and graduated from Diagonal high school with the class of 1957. After graduation he began farming with his father and brother, David.

On June 14, 1959 Butch married Sharon Kay BROWN. They had three children, Nikki Lynn, Edward Dean and Timothy Clay. The family farm, where he was raised from birth, was home forthe next 74 years.

Butch enjoyed working with his cattle and raising row crop with Sharon for over 50 years. Along with farming, Butch enjoyed following his grandchildren's sporting events, meeting the guys for coffee each morning, and gathering with neighbors for monthly card parties.

Butch was a lifetime member of the Diagonal Lions Club.

Butch passed away on June 5, 2013 at the age of 74 years, eight-months and three days.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Frances SOBOTKA; brothers, Don, Leonard and David, and sister, Norma Jean LUMBARD.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon SOBOTKA of Diagonal, Iowa; children, Nikki, Ed (friend Barb) and Tim (wife Debbi); grandchildren, Wes, Eric (Caitlin), Jeff and Chad STARLIN, Amy SOBOTKA, Jeremy SOBOTKA (fiancÚ Christina ENGLAND), Lauren SOBOTKA-BINNS (Isaac), Kristen HOUSKEEPER (Kevin) and Tyler SOBOTKA (Ashley); great-grandchildren, Camila and Parker STARLIN, Aydan and Landyn BROKAW and Antaeus SOBOTKA; sisters-in-law, Lois Ann SOBOTKA, Venita SCHMIDT, Mara Lou (Oren) JETER and Sheryl BROWN; brothers-in-law, Roy (Nancy) LUMBARD and Harlan (Lila) BROWN, and a multitude of other family, friends, and neighbors.

Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home in Diagonal was in charge of the arrangements.

Services were conducted at the United Church of Diagonal on Sunday, June 9, 2013, with Pastor Ed SHIELDS officiating. Organist was Judy NEWTON.

Casket bearers included Amy SOBOTKA, Wesley STARLIN, Jeremy SOBOTKA, Eric STARLIN, Kristen HOUSKEEPER, Lauren BINNS, Jeffrey STARLIN, Tyler SOBOTKA and Chad STARLIN.

Honorary pallbearers included Jerry SOBOTKA and Brent SOBOTKA.

Burial was in the Bohemian Cemetery in Diagonal.

Memorials are to Dollars for Scholars and Diagonal Church Building Fund.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2013

To submit your Ringgold County obituaries, contact Sharon R. Becker at
srbecker@windstream.net.
Please include the word "Ringgold" in the subject line. Thank you.

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