Harry "Bud" Butterfield
A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 1, at Unity in the Gold Country, 500 Crown Point Circle, Suite 100 in Grass Valley for Harry R. “Bud” Butterfield. Mr. Butterfield passed away March 20 at his home in Eskaton Village. He was 84.
Mr. Butterfield was born Aug. 20, 1922, to Harry and Mary Butterfield in Berkeley. He attended Berkeley High School, where he met the love of his life, Eleanore “Ellie.” On Oct. 4, 1942, they were married and soon welcomed the first of five children.
During World War II, Mr. Butterfield was stationed in India with the U.S. Army Air Corps where he specialized in aerial photographic reconnaissance. Returning home, he graduated from San Francisco State College with a master’s degree in education.
Mr. Butterfield and his wife moved to Redwood City in 1950 where they raised their children and where Mr. Butterfield taught at Woodside and Goodwin elementary schools through 1956. He went on the teach chemistry, physics and photography at Cubberly High School in Palo Alto from 1957-1974.
Upon retirement, Mr. Butterfield and his wife moved to Nevada City where they worked at the Button Works on Broad Street for several years with their partners, Mark and Marion Rodman. Mr. Butterfield then became a general contractor and built houses with his son, John, in the Nevada City area before assisting his oldest daughter with a commercial construction business in Rancho Cordova.
Mr. Butterfield and his wife were active members of the Nevada City Elks. They were also active ballroom dancers and won several awards in competition. After his beloved wife of 50 years, Ellie, passed away in 1992, Harry became active in Hospice of the Foothills and served as a grievance counselor in a bereavement group and an aid at the Penn Valley Hospice Thrift Store. Harry also enjoyed attending weekly services and classes at Unity in the Gold Country.
Mr. Butterfield met and married Dawn M. Vallejo in 1995 but the couple divorced in 2004. He then moved into an apartment in Eskaton Village where loved living and developed endearing relationships with his caregivers, the management and fellow residents.
Mr. Butterfield is survived by his daughters and sons-in-laws, Judy and Cliff Williams of Rancho Cordova and Mary and Ken Williams of El Dorado Hills; sons and daughters-in-law, Bob and Vicki Butterfield and John and Jean Butterfield of Nevada City; daughter, Cindy Butterfield of Grass Valley; sisters, Dorothy Rucker of Danville and Marjorie Pogue of Fullerton; sister-in-law, Marjorie Keck of Albany; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; as well as by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, former stepchildren and stepgrandchildren.
Memorial Contributions can be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 2399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley or Unity in the Gold Country (building fund), 500 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley.
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