Dr. Benjamin H. Button, 80, of Golf Course Road, Amsterdam, went to be with his loving Lord on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at River Ridge Living Center, Amsterdam, New York.
He was born on a family farm in the town of Canajoharie to Phelps and Josephine Schwabrow Button on June 13, 1933. He graduated from Sharon Springs Central School in June 1950. He then went on to college at SUNY at Albany and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in June 1954. He then attended SUNY Medical School at Syracuse and received his MD degree in June 1958. Dr. Button then went on to Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI, for five years and became an orthopedic surgeon.
In July 1963, he came to Amsterdam and worked at Amsterdam Memorial Hospital and Saint Mary's Hospital.
On September 19, 1964, he married the former Jane Burton.
During the 27 years of practice he was chief of staff at both St. Mary's and Amsterdam Memorial Hospitals in addition to many other positions. On July 9, 1990, he retired and did volunteer medical missionary work for the next 15 years. This was with Samaritan's Purse in many African countries and Afghanistan.
In June 1999 Dr. Button received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Alumni Association of SUNY at Albany. In the fall of 2002 he received the award for Excellence in Medical Missions from World Medical Mission (Samaritan's Purse). In January 2008 he received the Sister Catherine Bernard's Award for Life Time Service from the Foundation of St. Mary's Hospital. In January 2011 he received the Herbert T. Singer Community Service Award for his history of volunteer work from the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. He was also an active member of the Inman Senior Center in Amsterdam. Dr. Button was a founding charter member of the Adirondack Baptist Church in Gloversville, NY.
He is survived by his wife, Jane of Amsterdam; two sons, Scott of Arlington, VA, and Christopher (Sheila) of Virginia Beach, VA; a granddaughter, Paulina of Virginia Beach, VA; and a sister, Virginia (Nathaniel) Jones of Florida; and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday at the Adirondack Baptist Church, 1431 State Highway 29, Gloversville, NY.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Amsterdam Funeral Chapel, 13 Belmont Place, Amsterdam, NY.
Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Steadwell Avenue, Amsterdam, NY.
At the family's request in lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dr. Button may be made to the Adirondack Baptist Church, the Horace J. Inman Senior Center or Fairview Cemetery, in c/o of funeral chapel.