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October 31, 2013

Glory in wood: Veteran handcrafting flags in Fly Creek

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Butler is also opposed to the wars that the U.S. is currently engaged in, seeing no reason why American servicemen should lose their lives in Afghanistan.

Butler said his family has lived in Otsego County for easily 100 years. He spent the first 13 years of his life in the town of Otsego, before moving back to Otsego County when he was in his 30s.

“It’s a beautiful area,” said Butler.

Butler served for 10 years as a police officer, a profession that his three sons followed him into. Butler also worked as a contractor for 25 years, before retiring in 2011.

In addition to three sons and a stepdaughter, Butler has six grandchildren. He lives with his wife Mary in the town of Otsego.

As for the future of his business, Butler has no plans for expansion. “I want to keep it just like it is,” said Butler, who nonetheless would like to be getting enough orders to make 10 flags a week.

“I get lots and lots of positive feedback every time one goes out,” said Butler. 

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