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We regret to announce the passing of Robert Joseph Andrew Buttner on Sept. 26, 2008.

Bob was born on July 25, 1936 on the family homestead six miles northeast of Lestock, Sask. The family then moved to the Pinewood, Ont. area in the fall of 1939, living in a farmhouse about five miles north of Pinewood. The family again moved in 1943-44 to Stratton, Ont., where Bob and his siblings grew up.

Those were happy years for the family. Bob played various sports, including hockey and baseball. He and his siblings went to the Morley Public School.

In 1952, Bob, on the invitation from a relative, went to work on one of the freighters sailing the Great Lakes. He worked on the ships for about four years, coming home only for Christmas and the winter months before returning permanently to Fort Frances, Ont. He subsequently married Patricia Gray and started his own family.

Bob worked as a stationary engineer at the Fort Frances hospital before moving to Dryden, Ont. He then became chief engineer at Dryden Regional Hospital.

Bob was predeceased by his parents, Annette and Joe Buttner.

He is survived by his sons, Wayne Buttner (Claire) of Dryden, Ont., Charles Buttner of British Columbia, and Andy Buttner of Dryden, Ont.; and his daughters, Juanita Otto (Fred) of Alberta and Melissa Lockhart of Dryden, Ont.

Also surviving are his grandchildren, George Brignall, Cynthia Buttner, Jason McGowan, Amanda and Brittany Otto, Paul and Amy Buttner, Bridgid and Hilary Lockhart, and Madison Buttner; and his great-grandchildren, William and Jonathon Gibbons, and Gwendolyn McGowan.

He also is survived by his brothers, Lawrence (Marilyn) of Niagra-on-the-Lake, Ont. and Steve (Shirley) of Fort Frances, Ont.; sisters, Joan (John) Benedix of International Falls, Mn. and Margaret (Terry) O’Reilly of Winnipeg, Man.; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial funeral mass to celebrate the life of Bob Buttner was held Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008 at 11 a.m. in St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, with Rev. Alan Campeau officiating.

Interment of ashes will take place at a later date.

Should friends desire, in memoriam donations to the Canadian Cancer Society may be made through the Stevens Funeral Homes “Moffat Chapel,” P.O. Box 412, Dryden, Ont., P8N 2Z1.

Condolences may be e-mailed to (subject: Buttner).