William L. Butler - age: 89
(October 19, 1922 to July 27, 2012
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday evening, July 31, from 6-8 PM at the Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home, located on the corners of Rts. 202 and 4A (13 Portland Rd) in Buxton (Bar Mills). A funeral service will be held on Wednesday morning at 11 AM at the First Congregational Church of Buxton (Tory Hill Church). Burial will follow with US Army honors at South Buxton (Tory Hill) Cemetery.
BUXTON- William L. Butler, age 89, passed away on July 27, 2012 at his home. He was born October 19, 1922 in Hollis, Maine to Everet L. Butler and Gertrude Nobbs. He married Shirley Purington in 1950 and was a devoted husband to her for43 years.
William graduated from Hollis High School in 1940. He worked as a welder in the Portland and Portsmouth shipyards; served as a mechanic in the US Army during WWII; and worked in construction building bridges in Maine and New Hampshire.
In 1974 he founded Country Agency Insurance, an independent insurance agency he actively operated until the age of 85. He was one of the first Dairyland and Foremost insurance agents in the state of Maine.
He was a lifelong member of the American Legion and Past Commander and Adjutant of Post 130 for over 40 and a member for 68 years. He also served in various state-level American Legion positions. He distributed flags to cemeteries in the local area to honor veterans –a tradition carried on by his children and grandchildren.
William was committed to community service and active in local politics. He served a term as Selectman for the Town of Buxton and was a lifelong member of the Bar Mills Baptist Church and served as a deacon and officer of the church for many years.
William was an avid gardener, a voracious reader, and an accomplished mechanic. He made a yearly pilgrimage to Guilford, Maine during hunting season. He was a weekly participant in the Maine tradition of Saturday night bean suppahs, enjoying the company of others.
William had a great sense of humor that endured to the very end.
He is survived by 5 sons and 3 daughters: Wayne L. Butler and wife Kathleen, Bruce L. Butler and wife Kathleen, George Butler and wife Victoria, Neal Butler, Glen Butler and wife Cindy, Joann Coney and husband Danny, Kathy Butler, and Donna Shepard and husband Trevor; many grandchildren: even more great grandchildren; his sisters Gertrude Butler Webb of Portland, Maine and Betsy Butler Reed of San Antonio, Texas; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
William’s perennial question to the children he met,”What are you good for?”
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday evening, July 31, from 6-8 PM at the Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home, located on the corners of Rts. 202 and 4A (13 Portland Rd) in Buxton (Bar Mills). A funeral service will be held on Wednesday morning at 11 AM at the First Congregational Church of Buxton (Tory Hill Church). Burial will follow with US Army honors at South Buxton (Tory Hill) Cemetery. www.DCPate.com
In lieu of flowers, William’s family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Buxton Keep the Heat On Fund, 185 Portland Rd, Buxton Maine 04093.