AMHERST - Howard E. "Butch" Thornton, Jr., of Amherst, passed away Friday, May 30, 2014, at home.
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He was born Nov. 3, 1935, in Northampton, to the late Howard E., Sr., and Julia (Strange) Thornton.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Gloria A. (Brown) Thornton and their five children, Kathy Cortright and husband Robert, Rusty Thornton and wife Judy, P.J. Thornton, Todd Thornton and wife Patti, and Carson Thornton and wife Kate. Butch is also survived by four grandchildren, Tanya, Christine, Ben and Mike, two great-grandchildren, Noah and Evan and two sisters, Judith Johnson and husband David and Sharon.
He was a veteran of the 7th Infantry Army and served in Germany. After his discharge, he began his career as a lifelong welder, retiring from Deerfield Valley Re-Fab and Crane, in South Deerfield.
Butch was a lifetime member of the Norwottuck Fish and Game Club and the VFW Post 754, of Amherst. He had a love for hunting, fishing, golf, bowling and playing cards.
All services will be private.
Memorial donations may be made to VNA Hospice of Cooley Dickinson Hospital.
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Douglass Funeral Home
87 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on June 3, 2014