Richard A. Butler

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Richard A. Butler, 84, of Rutland Town, VT, died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at The Pines at Rutland. He was born May 1, 1933, in Ludlow, VT, the son of Albert and Ina May (Beswick) Butler.
Richard graduated from the General Electric Apprentice Program in Pittsfield, MA, in 1955 and worked for GE in Ludlow and Rutland for 42 years, retiring as manager of manufacturing engineering and the apprentice program. He had a long history of working to improve technical education in Vermont. He was a 10-year member of the National Apprentice Round Table, served on program advisory committees at Vermont Technical College, and was a member of the Regional Advisory Board of Rutland's Stafford Technical Center. Richard was recognized by the VT State College System as an Educator Support Person of the Year, and received GE's prestigious Gerald L. Phillippe Award for community service.
As a young man, Richard worked on farms and as a logger, and he maintained a lifelong passion for the outdoors, a passion he shared with his family. He was less successful in sharing with them his joy in visiting historical sites, but, after his retirement, his wife indulged that interest on their adventurous cross-country drives. Family, friends and former colleagues, all recall him as a genial, warm and gregarious spirit who loved to engage acquaintances and strangers in lively, good-humored conversation.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Gloria (Howard) Butler, of Rutland Town; children Mark Butler (and Mary Anne Rotella), of San Francisco, CA, and Kevin (and Amanda Cross) Butler, of Whitingham, VT; a granddaughter, Colton; a niece, Brenda Hemingway; and grandnieces Leanne and Renee.
Richard's brother, Robert, predeceased him.
Richard was a member of Grace Congregational United Church of Christ and the Black River Lafayette Lodge #85, F&AM.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace Congregational United Church of Christ Memorial Fund, 8 Court St., Rutland, VT 05701; or to a .
A graveside service in Evergreen Cemetery will be held at a later date.
The Tossing Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Published in Rutland Herald from Feb. 23 to Feb. 27, 2018
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