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Obituary Notice – Wyatt M. Butcher

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SOUTH DAYTON:  Wyatt M. Butcher, 16, of South Dayton, passed away at his home Thursday, July 28th, 2022, sadly due to a self-inflicted injury.  He was born on October 5, 2005, the son of Julia Witherell and Michael W. Butcher.

  Wyatt was a Pine Valley Central School student and attended BOCES P-Tech, where he was earning his high school diploma and an associate’s degree in welding.  He exhibited a natural ability for welding and excelled at it.  Wyatt had plans to go on for his bachelor’s degree in homeland security and later go active duty in the military.  He was looking forward to the many adventures’ life would bring him and planned to travel after high school.  Wyatt was always smiling and was well liked by everyone he met.

  He was part of the South Dayton Fire Department, planned to join the National Guard in October, when he turned 17 and was a member of the Jamestown Rifle Club, where he participated in competition shooting.

  Wyatt enjoyed spending time with his friends & family, playing video games, baseball & floor hockey, fishing & hunting.  He loved history and especially loved learning about historical military facts, which he would quiz everyone on.  Wyatt was a great big brother and loved spending time with his siblings.  Words cannot express what a great young man Wyatt was, and his family has always been incredibly proud of his many achievements.  Wyatt’s death is a tragedy that words cannot begin to explain for everyone that knew him and he will be greatly missed by many.

  Survivors include his mother Julia Witherell (boyfriend Joshua Doner), his father Michael Butcher (second mom Ashley Mann) both of South Dayton, siblings Warren T. Butcher; John “Will” Thomas; Elwood Dustin; Amelia Butcher all of South Dayton, maternal grandmother Gloria (Klemens) Witherell of South Dayton, paternal grandparents Rose (Kevin) Leach of Dunkirk, John (Laurie) Butcher of Collins and a large number of aunts, uncles & cousins.  He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather John D. Witherell.

  Friends are welcome to call at Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main Street, Forestville on Thursday from 4-7 PM and on Friday from 2-4 & 7-9 PM, from where Funeral Services will be held Saturday morning at 11 o’clock.  Interment will follow in Villenova Cemetery, Town of Villenova.  A Fireman’s Service will be conducted by members of the South Dayton Fire Department on Friday at 7 pm in the funeral home.

  A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, August 28 at 12 noon in the South Dayton Fire Hall.  To post condolences or memories go to


  • Ruth Mann
    Posted August 1, 2022 at 12:19 pm

    So sad and so young. We will never know what went thru this young man’s mind. He was well liked and had great plans with his life and was involved in a lot of things Prayers for his mom, Dad, siblings, grandparents and Ashley (his second mom) RIP Wyatt

  • Dianne Riggs
    Posted August 1, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    So sorry for your loss. If you ever need to talk I’m available anytime. So sorry for your loss.

  • Joy Swanson and Luke Swanson
    Posted August 2, 2022 at 5:42 am

    Our hearts are heavy for your family. May you find find the peace that passes all understanding. Thoughts and prayers going to you all.

  • North Tonawanda Volunteer Fire Companies Assn.
    Posted August 2, 2022 at 10:26 am

    Our sincere condolences on the loss of a brother firefighter. May you find comfort and peace in the knowledge that others are thinking about you at this difficult time.

  • Anna and Brian Colvin
    Posted August 2, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    We are very sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family. Past memories will hopefully give you comfort in some way as you move forward. Again, we are so sorry for your loss.

  • Shelli Romero
    Posted August 9, 2022 at 11:53 am

    Wyatt was a great kid! So witty, smart and took pride in his artwork. He especially enjoyed creating political memes with Photoshop. I always looked forward to his sense of humor and good natured ribbing! He had such a beautiful soul and I feel so lucky to have spent time with him. I am very sorry for your loss.

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