Clarence “Butch” Eaton, the son of Floyd and Minnie Mae (Freeman) Eaton, was born on December 8, 1938 in Garrison, Iowa. Butch entered eternal rest on December 23, 2014 at Creston Nursing & Rehab Center, Creston, Iowa at the age of seventy-six years.
Butch graduated from Garrison High School with the Class of 1957, then attended the University of Northern Iowa where he met Carolyn. Butch and Carolyn Sue Seckington were married on April 17, 1960 at the United Methodist Church in Creston, Iowa.
Butch worked at Seckington Hardware and later purchased the store from his mother and father-in-law. He operated the store until he sold it to Easters. Butch continued to work there until he retired.
Butch was a Scout Leader and Explorer Leader and took many canoe trips to Canada with the Explorers. He loved playing golf with his friends at Crestmoor Golf Club. He was an excellent wood-worker and made many gifts for his family. He also made a lot of stained glass for his family. Butch was a member of the Creston United Methodist Church, and was a former member of the Elks and Kiwanis Club.
Left to cherish Butch’s memory are his wife, Carolyn Eaton, Creston; his daughter, Vaughn (John) Howig, Lenexa, KS; his sons: Kirk (Michelle) Eaton, Kansas City, KS; Corey (Barbara) Eaton, Frisco, TX; and Christopher (Patty) Eaton, Mt. Ayr, IA; Thirteen Grandchildren: Samantha and Shane; Matt and Christianna; Megan; Brandon; Bryant and Brooke; Hanna; Austin; Logan; Connor; and Abby; Two Great-Grandchildren: Camden; Lilly; and anticipating the arrival of Lillian Vaughn Summers; his brother: James (Shirley) Eaton, Alta, IA; his sister: Maria Eaton, Des Moines, IA; his mother-in-law: Vaughn Seckington, Creston; his sister-in-law: Phyllis Eaton, Grand Mound, IA; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Butch was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law, Dave Seckington; his sisters: Ruth, Zella, and Arline; his brothers: Richard and Marion; Nieces and Nephews: Rodney Ackley, Jack Berger, John “Johnny” Eaton, Denny Tharp, Marion Eaton Jr., David Bray, Linda Berger, and Colleen Tharp.