Richard Lindsay Butterfield

June 14, 1939April 4, 2019

Dick Butterfield, 79, grew up in Montclair, NJ, where he attended Rand Elementary School, George Inness Jr. High School and Montclair High School.

He was involved in sports during his elementary and junior high school years, but it was not until high school that he developed into a good football player as a tackle, particularly on offense.

In his senior year, he blossomed into an excellent tackle on a great offensive unit, which paced Montclair to a 9-0 record and the overall New Jersey state championship. Dick was named to the All-Essex County first team and earned a scholarship to Penn State, where he was a four-year member of the football team.

After college, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps, and was an infantry officer, serving in Vietnam.

Upon his discharge, Dick returned to Montclair, but wound up in Atlanta, Ga., where he spent most of his adult life.

He was predeceased by his parents and three sisters.


  • Committal Service Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Richard Lindsay Butterfield

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Brenda McDaniel

April 25, 2019

I did not know Richard but he was laid to rest in GA. Thank you for your service and your sacrifices and our freedom. Rest in peace. Semper Fi

I would like to get in touch with his sister Elizabeth Koch. I have a local newspaper article honoring Richard at his service I would like to get to her. If you know her, please pass my info along to her or feel free to reach out to me - Brenda McDaniel - 404.429.5234

Denis Retoske

April 23, 2019

From the Marine Officers of Basic School Class 5-62, H and I Companies, Quantico, VA

Rest in Peace, Marine.

Semper Fidelis

Harvey Ross

April 19, 2019

Dick was in the Basic School Class of 5-62 which is the 6 month training for second lieutenants in the Marine Corp . The class graduated in 1962 and since that time we have had 8 reunions and have tried to find Dick, but never could. We had 418 officers in that class and two companies, H & I companies.

Anne Gullord Stires

April 19, 2019

Sharing a picture from Dick Butterfield's football career at Montclair High School. John W Cresbaugh, sports columnist for the Montclair Times, said of Dick just before the '56 Thanksgiving Day game with Bloomfield High School (a traditional rival), that he was 'one of the ones to watch', and predicted a victory. And he was correct. Requiescat in pace Dick. Go Mountie.


April 18, 2019

My name is Liz Butterfield Koch and Dick Butterfield was my big brother. 14 years older than me,so imagine a teenager having to deal with a bratty little sister. Dick was away at Penn State and then the Marine Corp, Camp Pendleton and Viet Nam, for most of my growing years. When he returned to Montclair, after leaving the Marine Corp, he was much quieter, introspective. Yet when he smiled the world lit up.
Over time Dick became more and more of a solitary man and I will forever regret that I did not know and love him better.
I want to thank the Veterans Affairs Dept.,Marine Corp and volunteers group that honored him . Thank you to Jerry Froelich and Steve Fuller for being his friend for so many years.
I would also like to thank my daughter, Erica, for finding this news of Dick's passing.
Rest in peace big brother. You have more than earned it.

Grange Rutan-Habermann

April 16, 2019

My mind races in a daunting way back to when the world was young and so was I living in Montclair, New Jersey, and Richard (Dick) Lindsay Butterfield lived on James Street; a stone's throw from my backyard on Midland Avenue, down the drive way of the Allen's house and there he was in all his blustery and busy darling self. Only a year older than he I found him always one of the sweetest of all the neighbors. Early on he was handsome, athletic, strong and mighty. Just thinking of his wonderful family brings a smile. He truly was one of Montclair's Finest. God Speed dear fellow MHS Mountie.