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Edward A. Button

MESOPOTAMIA – Edward A. Button, of Mesopotamia, formerly of Middlefield, died Jan. 12, 2014, at University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center. He was 92.

Edward was born on April 12, 1921, in Middlefield, son of Gail Frederick and Bernice (nee White) Button.

He was a boy scout and graduated from Middlefield High School in 1939.

Edward served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theatre from 1942-1945. He took part in the Normandy Invasion and was awarded the EAME Theatre ribbon with six Bronze Stars and the Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster and the distinguished unit badge.

Edward worked on a farm, drove a school bus for Bloomfield-Mespo Schools and retired after 32 years from working at Geauga Industries in Middlefield.

He was married to the late Loretta Butler. They had one son, Frederick Allen.

Loretta had six children that Ed gladly raised: Vonda, Jean, Kathy, Viola, Jim and Helen.

On Feb. 6, 1954, Edward married the love of his life, Mary Ella Trask. They had six children, Theodore, Della, Carol, Mary, Lois and Jake.

He enjoyed playing cards, was a member of the West Farmington Senior Center and volunteered at the West Farmington Fire Department fundraisers.

Edward will be sadly missed by his friends and family, including his children, Theodore (Cecelia) Button, of Mesopotamia, Della (Ron) Pequignot and Carol Miller (Dave), both of Mesopotamia, and Mary (Ron) Dodge, of Warren; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary; sons Jake and Frederick; daughters Lois Chorba and Gayle; grandson John; great-grandchildren Sara and Carlos; brothers, Harry and Bob; and sister, Lee Welsh.

A Celebration of Life will be held at noon on Jan. 17 at Russell Funeral Service, 15670 West High St., Middlefield.

Visitation will be Jan. 16, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the West Farmington Senior Center.

Online condolences www.russellfuneralservicesusa.com.