Edward Butler, an appliance repairman from Bay Point in Sag Harbor, died at Southampton Hospital on June 20 at the age of 72. He was diagnosed with cancer in January.
He was born in Queens on Aug. 13, 1940, the son of Edward and Margaret Butler, and attended high school there before joining the Air Force in 1957 for a two-year hitch. Mr. Butler was stationed on Johnson Atoll, a one-square-mile group of small islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. For nearly 70 years it was used by the Air Force and Navy as a facility for chemical weapons disposal. It finally closed in 2004.
Mr. Butler was also stationed at Stewart Air Field in Newburgh, N.Y. During his time there, the base was reorganized as the 105th Tactical Fighter Group, home to F-86 Saber Jets.
On June 20, 1976, he married his wife, Jean, who survives. Mr. Butler died on the couple’s 36th wedding anniversary.
Ms. Butler said her husband loved to fish.
In addition to his wife, he leaves three sons, Edward of Florida, Paul of Hilton, N.Y., and Kenneth of South Carolina. He also leaves three stepdaughters, Corinne of New Suffolk, Donna of Hampton Bays, and Terry of Riverhead. A sister, Janet Aigotti of Florida, also survives.
Friends and family gathered at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor on Monday. Mr. Butler was cremated.