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Robert "Bob" Henry Butte

Robert "Bob" Henry Butte, 79, died Aug.. 28, 2002, at his home following an extended illness.

Mr. Butte was born Jan. 6, 1923, in Salem to William and Emma (Bruegger) Butte.

After graduating from high school in Salem, Bob attended Oregon State College in Corvallis for two years before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. While in the military, Bob attended New York University and completed graduate coursework in meteorology. He was honorably discharged from the Air Corps in 1945, and them completed his education at Oregon State, graduating in 1948 with a degree in civil engineering.

He married Barbara Spaulding Sept. 7, 1947, in Salem and together they raised three children. They would have celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary in September.

Mr. Butte's career as a civil engineer for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation took the family to Salem, Boise, Idaho, and Denver, Colo. After retiring in 1978, the Buttes moved to Brookings, where they have made their home since. For the last 15 years, the couple has wintered in Arizona.

He was a member of the Brookings Presbyterian Church, American Society of Civil Engineers and a past-president of the Professional Engineers of Oregon.

He was an accomplished woodworker and enjoyed fishing, camping and outdoor activities with his family. He found enjoyment in building several boats during his life, the first of which he completed while in junior high school. Mr. Butte also built the family home in Brookings.

He is survived by his wife; children, Marnie Brown of Springfield; Tom Butte of McKinleyville, Calif., and Julie Rusch of Brookings; grandchildren, Sarah, Rachel and James Rusch of Brookings and Jamie Brown of Arcata, Calif., and a great grandchild, Hannah Murray, of Brookings.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Carl Butte.

Memorial donations may be made to Brookings Presbyterian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 697, Brookings, OR 97415.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Brookings Presbyterian Church at 540 Pacific Ave., Brookings.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Redwood Memorial Chapel.


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