PALMYRA – Harold R. “Butch” Fauzey, Jr., 75, passed away peacefully Thursday (September 28, 2023) at his home.
Mr. Fauzey was born July 31, 1948, in Wellsville to Harold R. and Leona A. (Fanton) Fauzey. He graduated from Andover Central School in 1965. Butch earned his associate degree in Machinist Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology. He served in Vietnam in the United States Marine Corps from 1968 to 1972.
Butch worked his entire 40-year career as a machinist at Gleason Works in Rochester, retiring in 2013.
Butch is survived by his sister, Carla L. Eisenhauer of Wellsville; an uncle, Dale (Elnora) Fanton of Wellsville; cousins Gill (Karen) Fanton of Arcade and Pattie (Matt) Havens of Wellsville; and special neighbors, Diana (Kevin) O’Connor of Palmyra.
Butch was an avid reader of sci-fi novels and always seemed to have a book in hand. He liked to garden and was insistent on turning the ground over by hand each year, favoring the extra time spent outdoors. Earlier in life, he was a member of a bowling league.
One of Butch’s favorite past times was attending auctions, collecting anything that caught his eye. He enjoyed traveling on a whim, going wherever he liked in the moment. Sometimes his travel-whims would lead him even as far as Vermont.
Some of the fondest memories he and his sister shared were their nightly check-in phone calls and the time they spent fishing together. Every year Butch would drive to Wellsville to attend the Trout Derby. This year they spent the event as a birthday gift.
The most memorable event for Butch was when he received a cancer diagnosis causing him to take inventory of his life. He came to understand his need for Jesus and accepted Him. Today he walks with the Lord.
There will be no prior visitation. A grave side service with full military honors will be held on Saturday (October 14) at 2:00 p.m. in Standards Cemetery in Wellsville with Dale Fanton officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Wellsville/Scio. © 2023 Baker-Swan Funeral Home.