WILLIAMSTOWN - Justin Joseph Butler, 34, of South Hill Road died Thursday, August 1, 2013, from injuries sustained in an ATV accident in Orange.
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Born April 27, 1979, in Berlin, he was the son of Walter Butler and Brenda (Benoit) Lasell. He attended elementary school in Barre Town and Williamstown, the Randolph Area Vocational Center, and graduated from Williamstown High School in 1998. From July 1998 to July 2002, he served in the U.S. Navy and on the USS George Washington. He later joined the Vermont Army National Guard, served in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2004 to 2005 when his unit was activated, and received several medals, including the Army Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device "V."
He worked in the central Vermont area and preferred working on small engines. His other interests included ATV riding, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, working on model cars and in earlier years, horseback riding. He was a member of the VFW Mackenzie-Webster Post 790 of Barre.
Survivors include his children, Jazlyn Butler, Curtis Butler, Abigail Butler and Chesney Butler, all of Williamstown; his father, Walter Butler and his companion, Deanna Goodrich, of Northfield; his mother, Brenda Lasell and her husband, Morris, of Williamstown; a sister, April Bergeron and her husband, Matthew, and two nieces, Summer Rose Bergeron and Katrina Marie Bergeron, all of North Montpelier; a stepbrother, Edward Lasell and his wife, Barbara, of Williamstown; a stepsister, Miriam Schlaegel and her husband, Brian, of Ohio; special best friends, Judy Corbett, Bert Gallison and Donald Mountford; aunts and uncles; and his beloved yellow lab, "Rylee."
His memorial service will be held Wednesday, August 7, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery Chapel in Randolph Center. The graveside service with military honors will follow. There are no calling hours.
Following the service, family and friends will gather for a time of fellowship and refreshments at the Grace Christian Church in Williamstown.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Disabled Vermont Veterans Office in White River Junction, VT 05001.
Published in Times Argus from Aug. 3 to Aug. 5, 2013