NORTHFIELD - James "Butch" E. Dresser Jr., 73, of South Mountain Road, Northfield, died Friday morning (6-20-2014) at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield after a brief illness.
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He was born in Greenfield, Mass., on September 16, 1940, the son of James E. and Alice (Aldrich) Dresser.
He was educated in Northfield schools, and was a graduate of Pioneer Valley Regional School class of 1958. He furthered his education at Stockbridge Agriculture School receiving his degree. He was married to the former Dorothy Hastings. He worked his entire life on the family farm. He was currently employed at the Greenfield Farmers Co-Op in Greenfield, Mass., where he has worked for the past 26 years.
He was a member of the Mass. Dairy Farmers Assoc., and a former member of the Northfield Lions Club. He was a former member and past president of the Northfield Snowmobile Club. He served the Town of Northfield as an assessor for many years, and also as field driver. He loved eating at Denny's restaurant in Greenfield.
He is survived by his sons: James E. Dresser III and his fiance Anne Stuart of Turners Falls, Mass., John F. Dresser and his fiance Kelly Adams of Northfield, Mass. and David L. Dresser and his wife Tracy of Rangeley, Maine. He is also survived by two sisters: Muriel Johnson of Northfield, Mass. and Marilyn Johnson of Cape Cod. Seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be Friday (6-27-2014) at 11 a.m. at the Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave., Northfield, Mass. The Rev. Dr. Christine Fontaine, Interim Pastor of the Trinitarian Congregational Church will officiate.
Burial will follow in Center Cemetery, Northfield, Mass.
Calling hours will be Thursday evening (6-26-2014) from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Donations in his memory may be made to: Franklin County 4-H, C/O Greenfield Farmers Co-Op, 269 High St., Greenfield, MA 01301.
To send condolences or for directions please visit www.kidderfuneralhome.com.
Kidder Funeral Home
1 Parker Avenue
Northfield, MA 01360
Published in The Recorder on June 23, 2014