Burton H. Putman, age 87, of Johnstown, passed away on Thursday, February 14, 2013, at the Wells House Nursing Home.
Mr. Putman was born on June 27, 1925, in Gloversville, a son of the late Harold H. Putman and Maybelle Barney Putman. He lived in the Fulton County area most of his life with a couple of stops in Chicago, Illinois and Ocala, Florida. He loved to tell stories of sneaking into Wrigley Field as a young boy to watch Cub games. His family returned to the area in the 1930s and settled in North Bush on Putman Road, moved to Ocala in the late 1970s and then returned to Irving Street in Johnstown for the last 35 years. He was a 1942 graduate of Johnstown High School.
Burt was a pilot in his younger years and loved to fly with his Uncle Walt. He was a member of the Yellow Jackets Senior Drum & Bugle Corps, the Fusiliers Senior Drum & Bugle Corps, the Fort Plain Masonic Lodge, the Sir William Masonic Lodge in Johnstown, the Cyprus Shriners Band out of Albany, and the Caroga Lake Volunteer Fire Department.
Burt honorably served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves during World War II. He worked in many different occupations throughout the years including Leather Tanning at G. Levor, Karg Bros. and Feuer Leather; furniture salesman at Duross Brothers; carpet weaver for Mohawk Carpet; manager of the Smalley's Theatre in Fort Plain; fur cutter with Musgrave Fur Company and Derrico Fur Company; mechanical drafter at General Electric; advertising sales representative for General Telephone; auto sales at Parsons Ford and Howell & Pierson; book salesman with Simon & Schuster, Harr Wagner, Noble & Noble; security officer for Pinkerton Security; officer with the Johnstown Auxiliary Police; custodial worker at FMCC; and lastly a crossing guard for the Johnstown Police Department. Mr. Putman was also the former co-owner of the Busy Corner Gas Station on Route 30 in Mayfield.
On June 27, 1944, Burton was united in marriage in Marie V. (Kotrla) Putman who passed away on May 16, 2012.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by one brother, Robert J. Putman Sr.; and one nephew, Robert J. Putman Jr.
He is survived by: three sons, James (Barbara) Putman of Wisconsin, David Putman of Virginia and Paul (Linda) Putman of Johnstown; five grandchildren Rebekah (Jim) Smith, Amy (Patrick) Williams, Melissa Putman, Michael Putman and Aaron Putman; four great-grandchildren, Chelsie Putman, Matthew Williams, Bethany and Jael Smith; one niece, Donna (Joe) Tessitore; and two sisters-in-law, Beverly (Robert) Parker of Florida and Rosemary (Jack) Shelley of Arizona.
In keeping with Burton's wishes, there will be no calling hours.
A graveside service will be held in the spring at North Bush Cemetery, Caroga Lake.
Cremation was at Vale Crematory, Schenectady.
Memorial Contributions may be made in Burton's memory to Pineview Commons, 201 S. Melcher Street, Johnstown, NY 12095.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the A.G. Cole Funeral Home, 215 East Main Street, Johnstown.
Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at www.agcolefuneralhome.com.