Robert Warren Buttle

April 4, 1948August 29, 2018
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Robert W. Buttle Sr. was born on April 4, 1948 in Julesburg, Colorado, to William Raymond & Evelyn Buttle. He passed away on August 29, 2018, after a long, hard fight with cancer.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Helen Buttle, their four sons; Darrel & (Angela) Sexton, Robert Jr. & (Laura) Buttle, James & (Normalinda) Buttle, Tyrone Buttle & (Wendy Hanse), and their two daughters; Juliana & (Ralph) Jimenez, and Amber & (Steven) Stone. Robert also leaves behind 20 grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren.

Robert began his Navy career in 1969 serving in various areas, including Vietnam. Serving on The USS Enterprise was his calling; he did several tours on that aircraft carrier. Robert was also Stationed at several naval bases including Lemoore, CA, San Diego, CA, and Kingsville, TX, where he retired from a 22 year career.

Following his Navy retirement, Robert began a career with Laton Community Services District as a Waste Water Treatment Operator. He retired in 2009 and moved to Mustang, Oklahoma. In 2015 he returned to California and settled down in Hanford to live out his remaining years with his wife Helen and surrounding family.

A Celebration of Life will be held at People’s Funeral Chapel on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 1:00pm. A Reception will be held on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 1:00pm at the Laton Lions Hall.

The Family would like to express their gratitude to all of the thoughts, prayers and well wishes that they have received.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, September 15, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Sunday, September 16, 2018

Robert Warren Buttle

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Robert Buttle Jr

October 20, 2018

My dad was the best dad in the world. He taught me how to be a good husband, and father. I joined the military because I wanted to be just like him and to make him proud. I will miss being able to talk and joke with him. I want to thank all who have posted comments here. Yes, he did have two different color eyes.
Hoss, he loved you like a brother. To us, you will always be family.

Michael McCollough

September 27, 2018

My sympathy goes out to Bob’s family and friends. Bob & I were stationed together back in the late ‘60’s. We worked together as young mechanics in VA-215. We went through the Enterprise fire January 14, 1969. I, like Bob, retired from the U.S. Navy with over 20 years. It is almost 50 years and I still remember Bob. Bob was a good man that I wish I would have kept in touch with. I am glad to see that he succeeded in life with a family he loved and was devoted to. We often say in the Navy when one passes “FAIR WINDS and FOLLOWING SEAS”.
Michael McCollough, AFCM, U.S. Navy Retired

Vickie Headley McMahon Headley McMahon

September 18, 2018

He went to school at Franklin Elementary school in Sterling, Colorado. He grew into a very handsome man. I seem to remember a strange thing that he had one blue eye and one brown eye. Am I right. He was always happy and made me laugh. I remember him as being nice to me and quite tall. So sorry for your lost. Vickie McMahon

Laura Carnes

September 15, 2018

To the beloved family of Bob,
My thoughts and prayers for each and every one of you. I am so sorry I can’t be with you on this hard day. I am SO very thankful and blessed to say that Bob was a very important person in my life. He was one of the BEST friends my mom could have ever had to work with. He was genuine. He was honest. And for those things I am forever grateful. Please know that we are mourning the loss of life with you today, but also celebrating the heavenly reunion. Amber- you were your Hoppa’s pride and joy. Hold on to that forever!
Our prayers for peace and comfort as you say good bye and see you soon. 💕

James Jordan

September 14, 2018

Growing up as an only child, my dad moved around a lot, working in refineries and construction. I attended four elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools. Not sinking any roots down, I didn't have many close friends. Just out of high school, I joined the navy, and at my first squadron, I met Bob. We quickly cemented a friendship that would last over 40 years. As a young airmen Bob took me under his wing and mentored me. Always a joker, he could lift my spirits up in the worst of situations. We had many things in common, especially hunting and fishing. Oh, the adventures we had over the years... Hunted wild boar in south Texas, wade fished in Corpus Christi bay, fished offshore in a really really small bay boat, duck hunted in Baffin Bay, weathered a typhoon on an aircraft carrier, ate goat fixed about 20 different ways in the Philippines, ate some other things that were unknown, drank scotch, got dried out, enjoyed the French riviera, hated Karachi Pakistan, fixed airplanes, it goes on and on. Such a rich friendship, we always had each other’s backs. Bob was the brother I never had. When we were stationed in San Diego, Bob would take me along on weekends to visit his family in Laton. I found out soon enough that Bob & Helen considered me a part of the family, and they welcomed me with open arms. I was fortunate to see their kids grow up, and we formed great friendships as well. It was such an honor to have served in the navy with him for over 14 years and to have been a part of Bob's life.

Barbara Randall

September 14, 2018

Bob is my cousin. He was about 8 months older than me. One fond memory I have of Bobby is rabbit hunting with our Uncle John Buttle. John was Bob’s dad, Bill’s oldest brother. My mom , Phyllis was their youngest sister.
Whenever Uncle John would come to Sterling and Crook area to go rabbit hunting, he would take Bob and I along to drag back the rabbits he shot. We were about seven or eight at the time. We always had a great time with Uncle John. Bob had a really good sense of humor and could make you laugh whenever he was around.
Bob, you will be greatly missed . Thank you for your service to the country.

William H Chadbourne

September 13, 2018

I am Roberts cousin Bill Chadbourne, I only met him one time in the mid 1960's. We met at a family picnic in the Redwoods near Crescent City Ca. 4 of us kids tried to through his dad Uncle Bill into the river but could not budge him. I am sorry for you loss and hope all goes well in the future.

April Hague

September 5, 2018

We first met Bob and his daughter, Amber, and her family 7 years ago. We spent alot of time together since we lived in the same neighborhood and our kiddos were young (prior to sports). Bob was always so kind and welcoming of us. He was always laughing and joking around with us and the kids. He would always joke with Hudson (who is very literal) and was always looking out for him in the same token. He will be missed by all that knew him. Rest in peace with no more pain! Sending our love and prayers to all of the family!


June 1948
Cottonwood Ranch Colorado
Bob 2 1/2 months old


January 1949
Cottonwood Ranch Colorado
Bob 9 months old