Russell Butler

Obituary of Russell Butler

Russell E. Butler, Afton, NY

Russell Everett Butler, lifelong resident of Afton, was called home on June 30, 2017. Russell was born

February 9, 1925 to Clyde and Bernice (French) Butler. He is predeceased by his parents and his loving

brother Howard Butler. He is survived by his sisters Irene Barr Lewis of Fairmont WV, Elizabeth Laman

Willes (Ross) of Afton NY, and Margaret Gilgallon of Chester SC. He is also survived by his close friend

Beth Silverstein and her family. He was a loving Uncle to four generations of nieces and nephews.

Russell attended college at Clarkson and was a US Army veteran, serving during WWII in the liberation of

France. Soon after his honorable discharge in 1946, he began his career at Scintilla and worked there

through the years it was Bendix, Allied and Amphenol. He retired in 1986 as a Supervising Process

Engineer. He loved to travel whether for work or leisure. Once retired, he completed a trip around the

United States which he truly enjoyed. Russell was an original member of Afton Sertoma and was a long

time member of the Afton Baptist Church, serving in many capacities including singing in the choir. He

had a beautiful singing voice and loved all types of music. He played multiple instruments; being best at

the clarinet and piano. Russell was the family caretaker, caring for his mother and uncles later in their


Russell was close to this brother and sisters and was a loyal friend. He touched many lives and was

adored by his family and friends. He will be sadly missed and he has left a hole in many hearts.

Calling hours will be held at the Afton Baptist Church on Friday, July 7, at 10:00, followed by the funeral

at 11:00 and the burial at the Afton Glenwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to

Alzheimer's Foundation of America at

Memories and condolences may be shared online at

Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel Sidney