Franklin Wells Butterfield was born at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Fairbanks on Feb. 4, 1927, and passed away April 9, 2013.
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He was a husband, a father and a soldier who faithfully served his country. At age 14, he left home and joined the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served in the South Pacific with Carlson's Raiders on Guadalcanal and other World War II beachheads. His name is forever immortalized on the Marine Corps Raiders Door in the Raiders Hall at Quantico, Va.
During his time in service, he earned a Silver Star and three Purple Hearts, Bronze Star, World War II Victory Medal and two Presidential Unit Citations. He was on leave at age 16, in San Francisco, when he met Charlotte Ann Stanfill, and they married in May 1943 in Reno, Nev.
After leaving the Marines, he returned to Fairbanks until he was called up for the Navy. He received the National Defense Service Ribbon, Navy Occupation Service Medal with Europe Clasp. During his time in the military, he earned an electronics engineering degree and a Civil West Coast for different companies, before returning to Alaska in the early 1960s.
He was working at the University of Alaska Fairbanks during the first winter climb on Mount McKinley, for which he designed and built their radio communications equipment. Later, he worked for the Alaska Department of Transportation where he helped design and build roads in the Interior.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Charlotte Ann Butterfield; daughter, Norma Annette Pullin, of Idaho; and adopted son, Franklin Scott Butterfield, of Fairbanks.
He is survived by his daughters, Karen Wells Sapp, of Wasilla, Frances Evonne White, of Arizona, Regina Susan Marshal, of Arizona, Grace Arlene Gugliotti, of California, his daughter-in-law, friend and caregiver, Monica Butterfield, of Fairbanks.
He also is survived by his son, Franklin Terry Butterfield, of Fairbanks; and grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.
Frank was a lifetime member of Pioneers of Alaska and a member of the Grand Lodge of New Mexico Ancient Free & Accepted Masons Deming Lodge No. 12, est. 1883.
He will surely be missed by us all. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at Chapel of Chimes on Illinois Street in Fairbanks. Graveside services with military honors at Birch Hill Cemetery will be announced at a later date in the spring.
Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Apr. 11, 2013