Charles E. Butler Sr.
1924 – 2009
OTISFIELD — Charles E. Butler Sr., 84, died suddenly and peacefully at his home on Tuesday, Aug. 18.
He was born in Otisfield, Nov. 30, 1924, the son of Joseph and Edith McAuley Butler. He graduated from Oxford High School in 1943 and faithfully served our country in the Navy during World War II.
He was a gunnersmate on merchant ships traveling to Mermansk, Russia and had several close calls with the enemy. He and his brother, Robert, were in Hawaii getting ready to invade Japan when the war ended. He worked 35 years for New England Telephone Co., retiring as foreman of the Norway and Rumford central offices. After retiring, he spent 25 winters in Florida.
He was the ultimate hunter and fisherman, doing both in the Otisfield area for 75 years. He was a member of SAM and the Sebago Lake Fish and Game, he served as a Cumberland County deputy sheriff for many years and was a medic on the crash truck at Oxford Plains Speedway. He had beautiful gardens and will be greatly missed by his best friend, Bill Manson and family. His family remembers him as a kind and patient man.
He is survived by his wife, Daphne; a brother, Robert and his wife, Ann, of Harrison; a sister, Marilyn and her husband, Steve Margolis, of Delray, Fla.; a brother-in-law, Henry Hamilton; five children, Charles Jr. and companion, Kathy Gillis, Robert, David and wife, Paula, Terry Paulger and husband, Brooke, and Laurie Alves; four stepchildren, Carolyn and Mike Brewer, Stephen and Cindy Rendall Sr. David Rendall and Pauline Rendall; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by sisters, Marie Goodwin, Mildred Hamilton, Margaret Bibeau and Constance Millett; and brothers, Albert and Donald.

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