William Button

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William Lansing Button JOHNSONVILLE - William “Lansing” Button, 73, a lifelong resident of Johnsonville, died peacefully, Monday, June 10, 2013 at his residence, following a long illness. Born September 15, 1939, Lansing was the son of the late Ralph and Elsie (Campbell) Button and the cousin of Betty Haviland of Pittstown who survives. Lansing was educated in the Johnsonville District School and a graduate of Hoosic Valley High School. For over 40 years he worked as a mechanic and was the principle owner and operator of the Johnsonville Garage. He was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church of Johnsonville, the Johnsonville Grange, the Johnsonville Volunteer Fire Company and supported many community causes. Lansing was an avid John Deere tractor collector and loved working with them in his large gardens where he grew beautiful roses, gladiolas and lush vegetables. He enjoyed catching up and visiting with friends and passers by while he was working in the garage, but his favorite pass time was sitting in his rocking chair in the garage after hours watching people and the freight trains go by. Lansing is survived by several cousins and many friends and neighbors. His funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the Christ United Methodist Church, located at 21 Bridge Street in Johnsonville with Rev. Camillus J. Mourice, officiating. Burial will follow in the Button family plot located in Maplewood Cemetery in Cooksboro. Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Church on Saturday morning, from 9:00-10:50 A.M. prior to the funeral service. Even though Lansing loved flowers, at his request, memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to organizations that helped him through his life; the Johnsonville Volunteer Ambulance Service, the Hoosic Valley Rescue Squad of Schaghticoke, the Johnsonville Volunteer Fire Company or to the . Lansing's family also wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. John O'Bryan, Dr. Scott Morris, Dr. Delago, Dr. DePan and the nurses and staff at the Rubin Dialysis Center of Clifton Park, Samaritan Hospital and Albany Medical Center for the excellent care and support they gave to Lansing during his illness.


Published in The Record on June 14, 2013