ONEONTA - Zell Allen Butler, 74, of Oneonta, passed away Thursday, Sept.14, 2017, at the VA Hospital, Albany.
He was born July 8, 1943, in Herkimer the son of the late Zell and Edith Louise (Yule) Butler.
Zell proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.
On March 22, 1985, Zell married Susan Wheeler in Wethersfield, Connecticut.
For many years, Zell was an electrical contractor and owned and operated Zell Butler Contractors Inc. in West Hartford, Cennecticut. He loved his trade and enjoyed teaching electrical to students.
Zell enjoyed boating, fishing and kayaking. He was an accomplished wood worker and loved remodeling projects. He raised, showed and finished German Shepards. But Zell's greatest joy was his family. He loved spending time with them.
He was a past commodore of the Middlesex Yacht Club in Chester, Connecticut.
Zell is survived by his wife, Sue Butler of Oneonta; five children, Jessica Campbell and husband Sean of Plymouth, Connecticut, Kris Butler of Bantam, Connecticut, Melanie Butler of Boston, Massachusetts, Sarah Butler, Burlington, Connecticut and Lance Butler and wife Nancy of Manchester, Connecticut; two sisters, Sylvia Vaughn and husband, Jim of Jacksonville, Floria and Shirley Seyboth of Voorhesville; as well as several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother, George Butler.
Graveside memorial services with military honors will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23, in the Highland Rural Cemetery, Jordanville.
For those who wish, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 100 Lomond Ct., Utica, NY 13502, in loving memory of Zell Allen Butler.
To light a candle or send an online condolence, please visit www.bookhoutfuneralhome.com.
Funeral arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home of Oneonta.
Published on September 17, 2017