Charles Dwelley Butler passed away peacefully on Monday, July 8, 2013, at Manchester Memorial Hospital.
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Charlie was 94 years old and an Army veteran of World War II. He retired from Pratt & Whitney of East Hartford with 40 years of service as an aircraft mechanic.
He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Adeline (Fitts) Butler. Charles and his first wife, Evelyn (Rood) Butler, had three children, David (Alice) Butler of Ocean Springs, Miss., Barbara (Joe) Allison of Newark, Del., and Fred (Tina) Butler of Wilton. His sister is Mary (Clayton) Pellet of Canterbury. His grandchildren are Andy (Marielle) Butler of Sudbury, Mass., Erica Butler of New York, N.Y., and Scott Allison of Seattle, Wash. He also leaves four great grandchildren: Morgan, Savannah, and Jeremiah Butler and Brandon Griffey; and his great-great-granddaughter, Alaynna Marie.
Charles was born and raised in Plainfield, where he received his aircraft training which prepared him for Pratt & Whitney. He was married in 1942 to Evelyn Butler and was an employee at Pratt & Whitney until he joined the Army and was sent to England as an engine mechanic on the B-17s and later the B-24s. After the war, he returned to Pratt & Whitney. Charlie was also a part time employee at Marlowe's Department Store on Main Street, Manchester. He was the "Jack of all trades" person at the store and could tune a lawn mower engine, recover a torn seat cover on a chair, or refinish a piece of furniture to look brand new. Charles D. Butler lived in Manchester for over 65 years and could be depended upon for help by all of his neighbors. He will be fondly remembered by them and sadly missed. Rest in peace.
In addition to his first wife and parents, Charlie was predeceased by a brother, Earl Butler, and three sisters, Ida Chase, Lee Devine, and Evelyn Benoit.
A celebration of Charlie's life will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Watkins Funeral Home, 142 E. Center St. Manchester. Burial will be private in East Cemetery, Manchester.
There are no calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to ECHN Community Health Care Foundation Inc., 71 Haynes St. Manchester, CT 06040 (for the benefit of the John A. DeQuattro Community Cancer Center).
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Published in Journal Inquirer from July 10 to July 14, 2013