William Benton “Buzz” Dutton

December 24, 1920 - July 1, 2018

William Benton “Buzz” Dutton, 97, of Beardstown died Sunday, July 1, at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.

He was born Dec. 24, 1920, in Litchfield, the son of Harry and Kathryn Lueschen Dutton.

He is survived by two sons, Roger Dutton of Rochester and Brad (Ruth) Dutton of Rushville; four grandchildren, Annie (Terry) Smith of Canton, Jesse Dutton of Springfield, Charity Crowe of Beardstown and Marisa (Michael) Logan of Rushville; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great grand- daughter. He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, June Prange, Jewel Faris, Harriet Ortman and Dorothy Faris; and one brother, Vernon Dutton.

Mr. Dutton was a graduate of Litchfield High school and served in the U.S. Navy during WW II in the Pacific Theater. Buzz was employed by Burlington Northern Railroad for over 40 years, retiring in 1980. He loved attending area parades, especially the Beardstown Fall Fun Festival and Illinois State Fair parades. Buzz enjoyed traveling, playing cards and rooting for the Chicago Cubs. His true joy came from his family, whether it was attending family cookouts, playing dolls with the grandchildren or singing to them, “Racing With the Moon.” Buzz cherished time spent with his family.

A graveside service with military honors was held Friday, July 6, at Elmwood Cemetery in Litchfield.

Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project or Disabled American Veterans. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.sagerfuneralhome.com. Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown was in charge of the arrangements.


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