Raymond L. Button

Raymond L. Button, 95 of New Concord, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on October 3, 2022 at Genesis Hospice, Morrison House in Zanesville.


Ray was born on August 26, 1927 in South Paris, Maine. He is the son of the late Lewis C. and Thelma L. (Page) Button. Ray proudly served in the Army Air Corps during the Japanese Occupation with the 82nd Reconnaissance Squadron. During that time he made many Japanese friends. After his enlistment he worked with the Department of the Army at Fort Monmouth, N.J. until his retirement in 1971. He then worked in the maintenance department of the Science Center at Muskingum College, and in 1980 began working as custodian for the New Concord U.S. Postal Service. One of Ray’s proudest moments was when he was invited to the White House to be recognized as Ohio’s Outstanding Older Worker for 1999.


Ray was a long time member of Calvary Baptist Church in Byesville, where he served as a deacon for many years, an AWANA Leader, the Sunday school bus driver, and groundskeeper for the church’s campground.  Ray also served as a member of the New Concord Lions Club.


Ray was passionate about roller-skating, cross-country skiing, and woodworking. Ray was well known for his quick witted sense of humor and natural ability to make others laugh.


Raymond is survived by his beloved wife of sixty-six years, Rachel E. (Combs) Button, whom he married on June 8, 1956; his three children, Kathryn McClelland of Cambridge, Glenn Button of San Diego, California, and Brenda (Bill) Collins of Coolville. Completing the family circle are many grandchildren and great grandchildren.


In addition to his parents, Raymond is preceded in death by two of his grandchildren, Misty Carlson and Donald Stillion, and his sister, Doris Kidder.


In place of flowers, please consider making memorial contributions in Raymond’s honor to a charity of your choice, or to his favorite charity, St. Jude’s Children Hospital.


Visitations will be 11 am to 1 pm on Friday, October 7, 2022 at the Farus Funeral Home, 63 West Main Street in New Concord, OH, where funeral services will be held at 1 pm with Pastor Dennis Rost officiating. Raymond will be laid to rest in Pleasant Hill Cemetery with military graveside honors conducted by the Guernsey County Veterans Council and the US Army Color Guard.