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Ivan "Butch" Sobotka

Loren Ivan "Butch" Sobotka 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 for the 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, 8 months, 3 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; children Nikki, Ed (friend Barb), and Tim (wife Debbi); grandchildren Wes, Eric (Caitlin), Jeff, and Chad Starlin, Amy Sobotka, Jeremy Sobotka (fiancé 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.
Memorials are to Dollars for Scholars and the United Church of Diagonal Building Fund.

  • Open Visitation Without The Family Present

    June 08, 2013
    12:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home

    216 Broadway
    Diagonal, IA

  • Funeral Service

    June 09, 2013
    2:00 PM

    United Church of Diagonal

    Diagonal, IA

  • Burial

    At A Later Date

    Bohemian Cemetery
    Diagonal, IA

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Just wanted to let you know that we are thinking of all of you at this difficult time.

Posted by Alan and Lois Ibbotson - Tingley, IA - Friend   June 11, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Butch was a special guy with a big, tender heart. We never saw him mad but you could always tell by his face if something was an irritation to him! He would help anyone when there was a need. Not only was he a father and mentor to his own family but also to other kids that were not as fortunate to have a dad like Butch. He''ll be greatly missed and we''ll treasure the memories we shared with him over the years.

Posted by Jim & Joy Goins - Diagonal, IA - friends   June 09, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I am sorry for your familys loss. Butch was a nice man and a hard worker . I remeber when my dad cut his hair he alway gave me a hard time.

Posted by Penny Tindle Adams - Bedford, IA - friend   June 07, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

No words can express how sorry I am. I thought the world of Butch and all of his family. He was always happy and fun loving but he could be serious too. If you had a problem Butch would listen and you could see in his eyes how much he cared about others. He had a big heart. And he was a hard worker.
When you drove by Butch and Sharon''s farm you couldn''t help but look thier way and admire how neat it looked even though you''d seen it many times before. I often wished I could keep my place that nice.
He was a wonderful neighbor for many years to my Dad and Mom. Both of them enjoyed talking to him.
I think the memory of Butch that I will never forget happened one night when I stopped by to visit with them for a minute. Sharon opened the door and welcomed me in. You could see they had been sitting there, just the two of them watching a movie. I don''t think I have ever seen a happier couple. That has been several years ago but I carry that memory in my heart yet today.

Posted by Dorothy Garrett-Smith - Diagonal, IA - Friend   June 06, 2013

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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