Claire A. Button
(October 3, 1911 - July 16, 1999)

Oneida Daily Dispatch 
Saturday, July 17, 1999 
 
CHITTENANGO   Clair A. "Mike" Button, 87, a former mayor and lifelong 
resident of Chittenango, died Friday, July 16, 1999. 
 
Mr. Button was a self-employed construction contractor and a former owner of 
E.J. Button and Sons Inc. and the Button Chittenango Corp. 
 
He was born Oct. 3, 1911, in Chittenango, the son of E. Jay Sr. and Alice 
Corp Button. 
 
He attended Yates High School in Chittenango and graduated from Chittenango 
High School in 1931. In 1935, he graduated from Syracuse University with a 
bachelor's degree in landscape and architecture. Serving under the coaching 
of the late Roy Simmons Sr., he achieved the 1934 145-pound Northeast 
Collegiate Championship. He also was a member of the ROTC. 
 
He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Chittenango, where 
he served as a deacon, Sunday School superintendent and Sunday School 
teacher. For the last 23 years, he was a member of Eastern Hills Bible 
Church of Manlius. 
 
He was a member of the Chittenango Rotary, where he was awarded the Paul 
Harris Fellow Award, was director of the State Bank of Chittenango, a member 
of the Chittenango Central School Board of Education, a charter member of the
Madison County Board of Health, and was a Lifetimer in the Boy Scouts of 
America since 1923 and was awarded the Honorable Silver Beaver Award. He was 
the co-founder of the AFS Foreign Exchange Program in the Chittenango Central
School District and served on the board of the Lakewood Cemetery Association.
He was a former volunteer and chief of the Chittenango Fire Department, a 
member of the Tigris Shrine Temple in Syracuse, a former member of the 
Sullivan Lodge Free and Accepted Masons and was district deputy of the Order 
of the Eastern Star. 
 
Surviving are his wife of 61 years, the former Dorothy Rose Murphy; six 
children, Ruth Moulton and Claire and Robert Richards of Chittenango, Gilbert
and Barbara Button of Greenville, S.C., Rose Ann Button of Utica, Betsy and 
the Rev. Mike Keville of Chittenango and the Rev. E. Jay and Kim Button of 
Yardley, Pa.; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces 
and nephews. (See Death Notice.) 

Date: Monday, February 21, 2000 10:46 AM

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