Reginald S. Butler, 97

Reginald S. Butler, 97, a life resident of Oswego, passed away Monday, December 13, 2010 at the Oswego Hospital.

He was born May 26, 1913 in Oswego to the late George and Rose (Cross) Butler.

He served in World War II in the European Theatre of operations as a member of the 71st Infantry Division. At the conclusion of combat in Europe he was assigned to a Special Service Unit as manager of a Theater in Augsburg, Germany. He served in the US Army from June 1943 to April 1946, seeing many things he wouldn’t talk about.

He retired from Frank G. Wells Clothier and had worked for many years as Head of Sales for Leos’ Dept. Store in Oswego.

Reg was a walker and covered many miles as he walked back and forth from work. His wife of 63 years, Marion (Stewart) passed away in 2004.

He held many offices in the First United Methodist Church among them, 65 years as Head Usher.

In 2008, he was still an active bowler being the oldest in Oswego County.

Reg was also a very active member of the Oswego Masonic Lodge #127 holding various offices and tutoring many new members as they joined. He was a Past Master of the Lake City Lodge and member of the Whango Grotto. He loved the Masonic Order and upheld its bylaws faithfully.

In the last few years he would walk to the Oswego Hospital enjoying conversation with many people.

He is survived by his brothers, Harold and Kenneth and a sister, Jean Budd; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church. Spring burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.

Calling hours will be held 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the Nelson Funeral Home. A Masonic Service will be held at 6p.m. following the calling hours, at the funeral home, 11 West Albany St. Oswego.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First United Methodist Church, 7111 St. Rt. 104 Oswego.

Online condolences may be made at www.nelson-funeralhome.com