Obituary: Arthur M. Butler, Jr., 101

Arthur M. Butler, Jr., 101, of Marlborough, formerly of Southborough, died Thursday, August 25, 2022, at New Horizons at Marlborough in Marlborough, MA.

He was the son of the late Arthur M. and Edith (Colburn) Butler.

A decorated World War II Army Veteran, Arthur worked in the banking industry for 40 years. Arthur described himself as a railroad hobbyist. While working in the bank industry, Arthur became interested in trains and train rides. He joined the Waushakum Live Steamers and owned his own live steam locomotive. Arthur also enjoyed breakfasts with the “Old Men’s Club”.

He is survived by his cousins, Ginger (Jamie) Farquhar, of Proctorsville, VT, Betty Barker of Londonderry, Vt., Florence Parmenter of Brattleboro, Vt., Lucy Stacey of N. Hinsdale, N.H. and Marcia Butler Daniels of Corol Stream, IL

Visiting hours for Arthur will be held on Friday, September 2, 2022, from 4:00 – 5:00 PM at the Morris-Johnston Funeral Home, 40 Main Street, Southborough, MA 01772. A funeral service will be held in the funeral home following visiting hours at 5:00 PM. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at 11:00 AM at the Saxtons River Cemetery, Westminster West Road, Saxtons River, VT 05154.

(Photo and Obituary via Morris-Johnston Funeral Home)

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Allan Bezanson
23 days ago

Art Butler was 102 when he died this week. He was still sharp at 101, when I last saw him. He had joked that when he graduated from Northeastern in 1943 with a degree in accounting that the infantry was waiting for him right outside on Huntington Ave. On June 18, 1945 during the Battle of Okinawa Cpl. Butler was seriously wounded with fragments from a Japanese grenade. In that action he earned a Bronze Star.
On that same day Life Magazine published a feature story photographed earlier of that battle on the same ground where Art was wounded. He loaned me his parents copy of Life and I copied the story, Here’s one photo from Life. When the magazine arrived in the mail his parents had no idea of his whereabouts or that he had been wounded.
Art had a curious mind, a love of trains, steam engines, maps. He was an active participant in most any topic that came up at the Senior Center’s Dull Men’s Club where he was a regular until he was 99. The photo in Arthur’s obituary was taken during a Dull Men’s field trip to the Waterworks Museum where Art could admire the massive steam pumps.

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