MERIDEN - Robert Joseph Buttner, 92, husband of 68 years of the late Elna Falk Buttner, died on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 at Midstate Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born in Meriden on July 17, 1921, the son of the late Katherine and Max G. Buttner.
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Robert lived in Meriden for his entire life and attended Meriden schools. Mr. Buttner was employed by the International Silver Company as a tool and die maker, Elim Park Baptist Home as a maintenance supervisor, and retired from Bradley Home as a maintenance supervisor in 1986. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the U.S. Army 28th Infantry Division in the European theater. Robert was awarded the Purple Heart; Combat Infantry Badge; World War II Victory Medal; E-A-ME Theater Campaign Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal and a Bronze Star.
He was a member of Olivet Baptist Church, Hamden, Conn., American Federation of Musicians Union; and he played the trumpet in the Meriden City Band; lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans; member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Volunteer Firefighter for the City of Meriden. Robert was actively involved in the construction of the former Calvary Baptist Church at 262 Bee St. and served faithfully as choir director, deacon and boy's brigade leader. He volunteered with the BGC Gold in the upkeep of Lakeside Christian Camp. Mr. Buttner was an avid reader, and enjoyed golfing, and bowling. He and his wife attended all academic, music, and sporting events as proud grandparents and the biggest fans of their beloved granddaughters.
He is survived by four daughters, Judith B. Lucia and husband, Stephen, of Meriden; Phyllis J. Gura and husband, Clement, of Plantsville; and Ann L. Buttner and Beverly J. Buttner, both of Meriden; four granddaughters, Megan L. Beda and husband, Bradley, of Colchester; Karen E. Sima of Southington; Christine G. Niedbala and husband, Gregory, of Wethersfield; and Caitlin E. Gura (currently residing in Vienna, Austria); and one sister-in-law, Allene Falk, of Williamsville, N.Y. He is also survived by two nieces, Carolyn Falk-Weiner and husband, Michael, of Pittsburg, Pa.; and Nancy Falk, of Bloomington, Ill.; one nephew, David A. Falk and wife, Cheryl of Decatur, Ill.; three grandnieces; and one grandnephew. He was predeceased by a daughter, Linda Ruth Buttner, in January of 1951 and a brother-in-law, Theodore J. Falk.
The funeral will be held on Friday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden, CT 06450, with The Rev. William Arruda officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. Should friends desire, contributions in his memory may be made to the D.A.V. Meriden-Wallingford Chapter, 80 Hall Ave. Meriden, CT 06450; or the Olivet Baptist Church, 3762 Whitney Ave. Rt 10, Hamden, CT 06518. For online condolences and directions, you may visit www.jferryfh.com.
John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home
88 East Main Street Meriden, CT 06450
Published in The Record-Journal on Feb. 24, 2014