Obituary, Robert R. Butts, Jr.

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Robert R. Butts, Jr., 86, a lifelong area resident passed away on Monday, August 23, 2021 at Sharon Hospital in Sharon, CT. Mr. Butts was a Heavy Equipment Operator for the Town of Washington for 17 years retiring in 2000.

Born on February 16, 1935 in Sharon, CT, he was the son of the late Robert R. Butts, Sr. and Eva (Hubert) Butts. Mr. Butts proudly served in the US Navy during the Korean War. On July 8, 1961 in Wassaic, NY he married Hatty Wheeler who predeceased him on July 8, 2019.

Mr. Butts was a former member of the Wassaic Fire Company. He loved attending and participating in tractor pulls, he was a longtime member of Columbia County Pulling. He also volunteered with the Future Farmers of America, Webutuck Chapter.

Mr. Butts is survived by three sons, Robert R. Butts III and his wife, Michelle, of Amenia, NY, Ricky A. Butts, Sr. and his wife, Cindy, of Pleasant Valley, NY and Brian M. Butts, Sr. and his wife, Betsy, of Amenia and five daughters, Nancy Cookingham and her husband, Robert, of Millerton, NY, Barbara Grady and her husband, Frank, of Millbrook, NY, Cindy Race of Millbrook, NY, Susan Whalen and her husband, Brian, of Wassaic, NY and Teresa Whalen and her husband, Kevin, of Wassaic, NY. He is also survived by a brother, Frank Dunn, Jr. of Florida; a sister, Margaret Murphy of Florida; seventeen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Butts was predeceased by two brothers, Thomas and Joseph Butts; a sister, Elizabeth Cole and a granddaughter, Brianna Race.

Calling hours will be held on from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Augsut 28, 2021 at the Hufcut Funeral Home, 3159 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY. Funeral services will take at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Valley View Cemetery in Dover Plains. For directions or to send the family an online condolence, please visit

Author: Harlem Valley News