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Blake W. Butler <br> Jan. 16, 1922 -- March 10, 2006

Services for Blake William Butler of Derby, a retired ironworker, will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in First Church of Evans, 7431 Erie Road, Derby. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Mr. Butler, who was born in Woodland, Pa., died Friday in Sisters Hospital after a long illness. He was 84.

He served with the Seabees in the Pacific during World War II. He was an ironworker for 50 years, traveling the country building bridges.

Mr. Butler was a charter member and past commander of Hanover Post 177, Disabled American Veterans; a life member of Evans Township Post 5798, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and its Color Guard; a life member of Newcomb-Long Post 928, American Legion; a charter and life member of Seabee Island X-5, Buffalo; and a member of Ironworkers Local 6.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, the former Gloria E. "Betty" Cooper; four daughters, Marcia Lee Phillips of Hixon, Tenn.; Phyllis Jean Morgan of California, Rebecca Ann Hudgins of Vestal and Sarah Jane Griffenhagen of Winston-Salem, N.C.; a son, Carter B. of Marietta, Ga.; 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.


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