DEWITTVILLE - Ronald A. Butterfield, 84, of Dewittville, died Thursday (Feb, 2, 2017) at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born Oct. 18, 1932, in Patterson, N.J., the son of the late Alfred and Ruth Avery Butterfield.
Ron grew up and attended public schools in New York City until he entered the U.S. Navy at the beginning of the Korean conflict in 1950. He served aboard a submarine until his discharge in 1953.
Ronald A. Butterfield
He became an inspector with the U.S. Border Patrol in 1954. In 1955, he became a police officer with the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police. In 1957, he became a trooper with the New York State Police in Troop A in Batavia, N.Y. In 1962, he was assigned as an investigator with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, where he worked on numerous gambling investigations involving organized crime. Also in 1962, he was promoted to the uniform rank of sergeant while continuing to serve in the Bureau of Criminal Investigations.
In 1967, Ron was promoted to the uniform rank of lieutenant and was assigned to the position of Zone Commander of Zone 3, Troop A in Falconer, N.Y., where he remained until his retirement in December of 1987.
During his career with the State Police he obtained an associate degree in police science from Erie Community College, a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Buffalo State College, and a Master of Science degree in education from Buffalo State College.
Ron and his wife, Shirley owned and operated the Farm Bell, an antique and gift store in Dewittville. Among his favorite hobbies were antiquing, studying history and time with his family.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Shirley Mae (Snyder) Butterfield; two daughters: Cynthia L. Gedz of Mayville, and Susan L. (Alan) Didas of Aurora, Colo.; six grandchildren: Michael L. (Yesania) Butterfield, Christian A. Chaparro, Olivia M. Wines, Elizabeth E. Didas, Andrea P. Didas and Jonathan A. Didas; four great-grandchildren: Michael, Aryana, and Matthew Butterfield and Linda Knappenberger; and one sister, Marilyn Rothstein of Accord, N.Y.
Ron was preceded in death by a daughter, Ellen Butterfield; and a sister, Jeannie Corbett.
A spring memorial service will be announced at the convenience of the family.
Memorials can be made to the: Ellen Butterfield Memorial Scholarship (Attn: Tracy Hammond, CLCS Secondary School, 100 North Erie St., Mayville, NY 14757); The Chautauqua County Humane Society (2825 Strunk Road, Jamestown, NY 14701); or the American Cancer Society (American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123)
The Freay Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
To leave a remembrance of Ron or to light a candle, visit www.freayfuneralhome.com.