BANTAM – Richard G. Butts, 69, of Bantam Road died Sunday, June 25 at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington. He was the husband of Carolyn (Phelps) Butts.
He was born July 16, 1930 in Torrington, son of the late George Butts and Louise (Bricoult) (Butts) Alciati. He was a graduate of Torrington High School.
He enlisted in the United States Army in June of 1948, and retired with 20 years of service as a first sergeant, E-8. He had served in the Philippines from 1949 to 1950, Korea from 1956 to 1957, and Germany from 1951 to 1954; and served from 1964 to 1967 in the Army Medical Corp, and became a clinical technician at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. His awards included an Army Commendation with Oak Leaf Clusters, Occupation Medal, Good Conduct Medal (six times), and the Army Service Ribbon.
He also retired from Yale University, New Haven, with 25 years of service in facilities management at the Yale Law School. He was partner with his wife for 25 years in an antiques business, Gooseboro Brook Antiques, in Bantam. He had served as a scoutmaster of Bantam Boy Scout Troop 29, and was an administrative board chairman and member of the former United Methodist Church of Bantam. He was a 30-year member and past master of St. Paul’s Lodge #11 AF & AM in Litchfield; member and past adjutant of American Legion, Tyler-Seward-Kubish Post 44 in Bantam. He served 25 years as secretary of the Bantam Vigilance Society, and was an avid fisherman.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Thomas Steven Butts and Michael Richard Butts, both of Torrington; two brothers, Reginald Butts of Goshen, and William Butts of Litchfield; two sisters, Georgia Johnson of San Fernando, Calif., and Ann Frankowski of Ulster Park, N.Y.; and one granddaughter, Jessica Marie Butts. He was preceded in death by a sister, Jane Tringa.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 28, at 11 a.m. at the Morris Congregational Church, Morris, with Rev. Francis Carlson officiating. Burial of cremains will follow in Bantam Cemetery, Bantam. There are no calling hours. Arrangements by the Rowe Funeral Home of Litchfield.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bantam Fire Company, P.O. Box 456, Bantam, CT 06750.
The Register Citizen Tuesday, June 27, 2000