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Ivan “Butch” Sobotka Diagonal

Published: Friday, June 7, 2013 11:18 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, June 7, 2013 11:21 a.m. CDT

Ivan “Butch” Sobotka, 74, of Diagonal died June 5, 2013, at Mercy Hospital Medical Center in Des Moines.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at the United Church of Diagonal with the Rev. Edward Shields officiating. Burial will be at a later date in the Bohemian Cemetery, southeast of Diagonal. Open visitation will be noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at Watson-Armstrong Funeral Home, 216 Broadway, Diagonal. Memorials may be directed to Dollars For Scholars and the United Church of Diagonal building fund. Online condolences may be left at www.watsonarmstrongfh.com.

Ivan Sobotka, son of Frances (Caberet) and Edward Sobotka, was born Oct. 2, 1938, in the Creston hospital.

Butch grew up and lived his entire life on the family farm south of Diagonal. He graduated from Diagonal High School in 1957.

On June 14, 1959, Butch married Sharon Kay Brown.

Butch was a lifetime farmer and raised row crops and cattle.

Butch is survived by his wife Sharon Sobotka of Diagonal; children, Nikki, Ed (friend Barb) and Tim (wife Debbi); grandchildren, Wes, Eric (Caitlin), Jeff and Chad Starlin, Amy Brokaw, Jeremy Sobotka, 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 (Oran) Jeter and Sheryl Brown; brothers-in-law Roy (Nancy) Lumbard and Harlan (Lila) Brown.

Butch was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Don, Leonard and David and sister Norma Jean Lumbard.

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