James Oliver Butterwick, 90, a recent resident of Forty Fort, slipped away peacefully on Monday.
Born June 22, 1922 in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late Oliver Grant Butterwick and Ethel Irene Creasing Butterwick, both of whom passed away when he was a child. He lived with and was cared for by his uncle and aunt, Peter and Sally Creasing Lamb.
James attended St. John's School and was a graduate of James M. Coughlin High School, class of 1941.
James enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps
and served from 1942 to 1945 in the Pacific Theater during World War II
In September 1946, he married Loretta Regina Beckley. They celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary before her passing on Jan. 4, 2009.
He will be greatly missed by his son, James Joseph and his wife, Maria Groblewski Butterwick; daughter, Nancy Ann Butterwick (Gorts); and grandchildren, Ian James Butterwick, Leah Marie Butterwick and Jessica Lynn Gorts.
In accordance with his wishes and those of his family, a private visitation will be held at McLaughlin's – The Family Funeral Service. Family and friends are invited to share in the celebration of a funeral Mass 10 a.m. Friday in the Church of St. Aloysius, Barney and Division streets, Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township.
Memorial donations are preferred and may be made to Hospice Community Care, 601 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, PA 18704.
Permanent messages and memories can be shared with James' family at www.celebratehislife.com.