Joseph G. Butler, 84, of 3 Delaware Ave., passed away Friday (Dec. 11, 2015) at Bradford Regional Medical Center, surrounded by his loving family.
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Born June 23, 1931, in Bradford, he was a son of the late Thomas and Edna Reynolds Butler.
On Aug. 18, 1956, in St. Bernard Church, he married Charlene Hyland Butler, who survives.
Mr. Butler was a 1951 graduate of St. Bernard High School, where he lettered in football. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1952 and was honorably discharged in 1954.
Joe had worked for Bradco from 1962 to 1969, then Bradford Laundry from 1969 to 1973. In 1973, he began his career in retail at the Man's World clothing store. On Oct. 1, 1978 he purchased the store from William and Donna Tate, which he currently operated with his wife and son, Michael Butler.
He was a member of St. Bernard Church, Knights of Columbus, lifetime member of the Bradford Bowling Association. One of his proudest accomplishments was starting the Bradford Stroke Group and the Silver Wheels program, which he oversaw for many years.
In addition to his wife Charlene of 59 years, he is survived by two daughters, Susan (Daniel) Hillard and Charla (Thomas) Munn, two sons, Michael (Sandy) Butler and Charles Butler, and a brother, Robert (Beverly) Butler, all of Bradford; five grandchildren, Katlyn Hillard, Brett (Nicole Cary) Butler, Meagan Hillard, Brooke Butler and Natalie Munn; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Marie Butler Wood, Regina Butler Martin and Rita Butler Mongar; and one brother, Jack Butler.
Family will be receiving friends from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., 372 East Main St., where a prayer service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in St. Bernard Church with the Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor, as celebrant. Military honors and committal services will be held in St. Bernard Cemetery.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Bradford Stroke Group/UpBeat at the Bradford Hospital Foundation, 116 Interstate Parkway, Bradford, PA 16701.
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com.
Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
372 East Main Street
Bradford, PA 16701
Published in The Bradford Era from Dec. 12 to Dec. 21, 2015