Kerwin F. Butcher, 81: Veteran, lifelong BIW employee

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BATH — Kerwin F. Butcher, 81,  died Dec. 23 at Mid-Coast Hospital in Brunswick.

He was born in Bath on Nov. 27, 1932, the son of Kerwin B. and Katherine Butcher. He attended Bath schools and graduated from Morse High School with the class of 1952.

Butcher began work at Bath Iron Works in 1952, but was called into the military service, serving in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955, stationed in Germany. He then returned to BIW as a pipefitter, becoming a leadman in 1973 and retiring in 1991.

He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 21 in Bath and the Bath Lodge of Elks, and also was a member of the Sportsman’s Club in North Bath.

He was predeceased by two grandchildren, Brett and Stephanie.

Butcher is survived by three sons, Jeffrey J. and his wife Laticia M., of Phippsburg, Benjamin B., of Bath, and Mark A., of Bath; daughter, Tracy A. and husband Richard, of Lisbon Falls; and four grandchildren, Katie, Matthew, Jessica and Jamie.

Visiting hours were held Dec. 29 at Daigle Funeral Home in Bath, with an American Legion service and an Elks service also held. A funeral with military honorswas held at the home. A gathering of family and friends followed at the Bath Lodge of Elks. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Bath in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086. 

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