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October 1, 1946 — October 10, 2018

FORT ANN — James “Jim” Joseph Butler, 72, of Taylor Woods Road, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 at the Glens Falls Hospital.

Born on Oct. 1, 1946 in Poughkeepsie, he was the son of the late James W. and Frances (Napoli) Butler.

Following high school, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He was so proud to have served his country.

On Oct. 18, 1997, he married the love of his life, Carol Coats. They have been married for over 20 wonderful years.

For 32 ½ years, Jim was a correctional officer at Great Meadows, retiring on Aug. 29, 2002.

After his retirement, his wife, Carol, surprised him with a home in Fort Pierce, Florida. They lived in sunny Florida for five years before moving back to this area to be near family. Jim and Carol set up house on Taylor Woods Road in a home that he built with his bare hands.

He was a man of many talents who loved to take care of the yard. Jim also enjoyed riding on his motorcycle and riding around on his four-wheeler.

In his younger years, he was a member of the Shriners, and more recently, Jim loved riding his motorcycle with the Patriot Riders.

Survivors include his loving wife, Carol Butler of Fort Ann; his children, Matt Butler and Kim Butler; his brother, David Butler and his wife, Lee, of Florida; his nephew, David “Chip” Butler of Queensbury; his two nieces, Trinica Rigg and her husband, Chris, of New Jersey and Tonya Eckart and her husband, Art, of Dunkirk, Maryland; his special uncle, Ronald Jarvis and his wife, Ann, of Kingsbury; his aunts, Irene Jarvis of Kingsbury and Janice Jarvis of West Fort Ann; his father-in-law, Kenneth K. Coats and his wife, Daisy, of Granville; brother-in-law, Kenneth E. Coats and his wife, Rebecca, of West Fort Ann; a special neighbor, Bill Camp (who was likea a son to him) and his wife, Stacey, of West Fort Ann and their children, Tess and William; and his very special pet, Maxine.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Hudson Falls American Legion Post # 574, 72 Pearl St. in Hudson Falls.

Patriot Guard Riders of New York will proceed with the family to the graveside services, which will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Gerald B.H. Solomon, Saratoga National Cemetery, 200 Duell Road, Schuylerville, with Rev. Mark Bailey, officiating.

James’ family requests that memorial donations be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements are under the care of the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc., 68 Main St. in Hudson Falls.

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.carletonfuneralhomenet.

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