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Richard Lynn Butler, 79, of West Exeter, died Monday evening, Oct. 11, 2010, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown.
He was born Dec. 17, 1930, in Cooperstown, a son of Lynn E. Butler Jr. and Gladys Sargent Butler.
Raised in Cooperstown, Dick graduated from Cooperstown High School with the Class of 1949. Upon his graduation from high school, Dick enlisted in the United States Army and served in Germany during the Korean War.
He received his honorable discharge from the Army in 1952, and returned to Cooperstown where he was employed by the village waterworks in mapping their waterlines, a skill he learned in the military. He then went to work for Sperry-Rand UNIVAC in Utica and at the same time attended college to pursue a degree in engineering.
He graduated from Mohawk Valley Community College in 1968, with an Associate in Applied Science Degree and later graduated from Utica College, ultimately earning a Master’s Degree in Engineering.
After Sperry Rand moved their offices to Pennsylvania, Dick commuted for a time but eventually entered into several business ventures in upstate New York in the field of engineering.
His first business was Butler Electronics Systems, Inc. He later became vice-president of Empire Circuits, Inc. in Utica, and then served as manager of manufacturing engineering of Chenango Industries, Inc. in Vestal. He retired in 1993, as director of corporate quality for the MATCO Electronics Group.
Even in his private life, Dick was an engineer through and through and was a perfectionist in everything he did. He loved carpentry and woodworking, crafting many clocks and pieces of furniture and making all his own kitchen cabinetry.
Of his perfectionist qualities, his family is fond of saying that he would take one hour to make something, but three hours to inspect and perfect it.
Dick was a member of the Lt. Walter J. Will American Legion Post No. 1058 in West Winfield, and was a former member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I. O. O. F.) in Richfield Springs.
Dick is survived by one daughter, Beth Ann Dyer and her husband, Scot of Gilbertsville; two sons, Bruce David Butler and his wife, Liz of Manchester, Conn., and Jeffery Lynn Butler of South Carolina; two grandsons, Eugene David Kline and Camron Butler; two stepgrandsons, David and Matthew Dyer; and five great-grandchildren, Kyra, Kaitlyn, Dustin, Hailey and Taylor. Dick is further survived by two brothers, his twin brother, Robert C. Butler and his wife, Joan of Cooperstown and David G. Butler and his wife, Paula of Newark, Del.; two nephews, Robert and Eric; and one niece, Jennifer.
The Office of the Burial of the Dead from The Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church will be offered at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown with the Rev’d Dr. John Dixon Bartle, Rector of St. John’s Church in Richfield Springs, officiating. The Service of Committal and Burial will follow in Lakewood Cemetery in Cooperstown. Friends may call at the funeral home from noon until the service time Friday, Oct. 15, 2010.
As an alternative to flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 13 Beech St., Johnson City, NY 13790.
Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on  October 15, 2010
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