Arlan R. Butler

ATHOL — A committal service with military honors was held on Saturday morning, May 20, 2017, at Silver Lake Cemetery in Athol for Arlan R. Butler, 82, of Wallingford Avenue, who died on Jan. 5, at home following an illness. 

The Rev. Mark Bariloni of the Athol-Orange Baptist Church officiated and military honors were provided by the United States Army, which played Taps and then folded and presented the American flag to Arlan’s wife, Linda. Following the service, a reception was held at the Athol American Legion.

 Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, was honored with directing the arrangements.

ATHOL — A memorial service was held on Saturday, Jan. 21, at Witty’s Funeral Home in Orange, for Arlan R. Butler, 82, of Wallingford Avenue, who died on Jan. 5, peacefully at home. 

Rev. Mark Bariloni of the Athol-Orange Baptist Church officiated with family and friends offering words of remembrances. Following the service, a reception was held at the Wheelerville Community Club in Orange. Interment with military honors will take place later in the spring at Silver Lake Cemetery in Athol. 

Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, was honored with directing the arrangements.

ATHOL — Arlan R. Butler, 82, of Wallingford Avenue, died peacefully at home early Thursday morning, Jan. 5, 2017, with family at his side.

Born in Orange on Dec. 29, 1934, he was a son of the late Owen and Reta (Humphrey) Butler and grew up in Orange, graduating from Orange High School with the class of 1952.

Following high school, Arlan worked for the Brewer and Carlson Ford dealership a couple years.

Arlan enlisted in the United States Army on April 11, 1955, and was stationed in Germany during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged on March 24, 1958.

In 1993, Arlan married Linda (Somers) and they enjoyed over 23 years of marriage, but had known each other since 1981.

Following his service time, Arlan worked for Carl’s Shell Station, Butler’s Pantry in New Salem, and then went to Athol Gas for seven years. In 1977, he went to work for the town of Athol’s Department of Public Works and retired in 1997. Following retirement, Arlan worked part-time for 12 years delivering for Athol Automotive.

Arlan loved riding his motorcycle, playing cribbage, kayaking and reading. Arlan also enjoyed college football, the New England Patriots, and trips to northern Vermont, New Hampshire and the Maine seacoast.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Linda Butler; daughters, Kim Rushford-Waugh and husband, Donald, and Penny Butler-Manheim; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; stepdaughter, Tina O’Neil and her husband, Jamie; and stepsons, Dean Patterson and his wife, Susan, and Lawrence Patterson Jr.; also, six step-grandchildren; and many friends, especially his close friend, Peter Hebert, of Athol who visited daily during Arlan’s illness.

A calling hour will be held on Jan. 21, from 10 to 11 a.m., at Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Jan. 21, at Witty’s Funeral Home in Orange, with Rev. Mark Bariloni of the Athol-Orange Baptist Church officiating.

Friends and family are encouraged to dress casually as Arlan would have wanted it that way.

Interment with military honors will take place in the spring at Silver Lake Cemetery, Athol.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Athol Public Library, 568 Main St., Athol, MA 01331.

Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, is directing the arrangements.

You may offer your sympathy online at www.wittyfuneralhome.com.

ATHOL — Arlan R. Butler, 82, of Wallingford Avenue, died peacefully at home early Thursday morning, Jan. 5, 2017, with family at his side.

Funeral arrangements are pending with Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange.

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