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   BETTENDORF --- Lewie F. Buttrey, 86, of Bettendorf, died Friday, October 17, 2003, at Bettendorf Health Care Center.  Funeral services are 11 a.m. today, at McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Chapel, Bettendorf.  Visitation is one hour prior to the service today.  Interment is in National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal. Memorials may be made to the family.
   Lewie was born May 20, 1917, in Messler, Mo., the son of Charlie and Della (Gray) Buttrey.  He served in the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army during World War II, and was awarded three bronze stars during the Belgium Fourragére campaign [all sic]  He also served during the Korean Conflict.
   Lewie was employed as a mechanic for International Harvester for several; years, retiring in 1978.
   His memberships included Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 8128, Bettendorf, and he was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans.
  In his spare time Lewie enjoyed traveling with his wife.
   Those left to honor his memory include his wife Margaret; his daughter and son-in-law, Loretta and Leese, Davenport; his stepsons, Jerry Fosdick and his wife Maureen, Sperry, Iowa and Steve Fosdick, East  Moline; his stepdaughter, Patricia Gean, Phoenix, AZ; his sisters, Irene Jean Accord, Andover, Ill,, and Vickie Buttrey, Dexter, Mo.; his brothers, George Buttrey, Platteville, Wis., and Ray Buttrey, Desloge, Mo.; and several  grandchildren.
  Lewie was preceded in death by his first wife, Lillian; his parents and his brothers Charles and Homer.

(courtesy of Michele Maki)

Grave marker for Lewie F. Buttrey in Plot: N - 769 of the Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island (Rock Island), Illinois.

Lewie enlisted in the Army at Jefferson Barracks, MO on 31 December 1943.

After completion of jump school Pvt Buttrey was shipped to the 82nd Airborne Replacement Depot in Leicester England.   

He was initially placed on Detached Service with the 407th Airborne Quartermaster Co but was ultimately assigned to the Service Company 508 on 8 September 1944 although he remained on detached service.

Finally, on 13 December 1944 Pvt Buttrey was transferred to Co E, 508yth, just in time to get into the fight with the Battle of the Bulge as the 508th was mobilized five days later.

Pfc Buttrey was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge for action during campaign, 18 December 1944 to 20 February 1945.

He remained in the army and saw further action in Korea.

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