RICHFORD / ALBION, Ind. — Jerry L. Butler passed away Saturday Nov. 23, at his home in Richford after a long, painful illness.
Jerry was born on Nov. 20, 1940 in Albion, Ind. He graduated from Albion High School in 1958 and went into the Marine Corps. He served his country from 1958-1968 and fought hard for our country in the Vietnam War. He was extremely proud of being a Marine and retained all of his military qualities until the end of his life.
Jerry has held many jobs throughout his life; he worked for Norfolk and Western Railroad in Fort Wayne, Ind., the State of Vermont Department of Corrections, Berkshire Armored Car, MVM Security, GMTA and Ready To Go. He used to love to hunt and fish up in the mountains around Montgomery, East Richford and Jay; he enjoyed the quiet, the nature and just being out in the woods. He would also go “jeepin’ ” with his maroon CJ-7 up in those same mountains on weekends.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 36 years, Judy (Broe) Butler of Richford; six children: Lorie Tipsord and her husband, Bob of Fort Wayne, Ind., Joe Butler of Kendallville, Ind., Leshia Elkins and her partner, Jeff Jewett of Richford, Kenneth Lagro of Colchester, David Lagro of Richford and Jerrie-Jo Barkley and her husband, Adam of Richford; his honorary daughter, Lisa Bergeron and her husband, Tom of Enosburg; 20 grandchildren: Anna, Travis, Lindsey, Christian, Stana, Jesse, Brittany, Josh, Joey, Jacob, Jeremiah, Ben, Caleb, Jordan, Kieran, Lucas, Cole, Alison, Lacie, Tabor; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Anna-Mame Scott of Dayton, Ohio, and several nieces and nephews. His nieces Dina, Robin and Angie, all of Fort Wayne, Ind., were very dear to his heart. Jerry was predeceased by his son, John (1988), his brother, Jim (2012), his mother, Clara Jane “Peg” McNeal and his father, Walter Lloyd “Jim” Butler.
In keeping with Jerry’s wishes, there will be no funeral services. A gathering to celebrate his life will be on Saturday, November 30, 2013 from 3-5 PM at the American Legion Post #12, 35 River St., Richford. Please join them for Jerry’s last “OO-RAH”!
For those who wish, memorial contributions in Jerry’s memory may be made to the Richford American Legion Post #12, 35 River St., Richford, VT 05476.
Private condolences may be sent online to Jerry’s family on-line through www.spearsfuneralhome.com.