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Obituary: Edward Lane "Budge" Bouton, 1925-2016 

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  • Edward Lane “Budge” Bouton

Edward Lane “Budge” Bouton retired from this life April 3, 2016 trusting care of his worldwide family to his surviving wife and children.

Ed was born September 11th 1925 to Edward Lane and Katharine Church Bouton in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Following grade school at age 14, he moved to Vermont and made it his home. Graduating from Burr and Burton Academy in 1943, Ed promptly entered the Army Air Corps training as a pilot. Following service to his country, Ed attended the University of Vermont.

While still an undergraduate, Budge managed to charm the love of his life, Betsy Ann Bigelow, into marrying him in 1949. They graduated together with degrees from the School of Agriculture in 1950. He and Betsy raised three children and hosted many international students who became extended family members. A lifelong learner, Ed returned to UVM to receive his MS focusing on soil fertility in 1975.

Ed’s career included managing a dairy farm, working for the Eastern States Farmers Exchange (later Agway), coordinating Vermont’s Natural Resource Conservation Districts and as a University of Vermont Extension Agent. His position as a statewide extension specialist in small fruits and vegetables finally “felt right”. Ed was proud of the role he played in helping to create the Small Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, and was especially gratified by the friendships and the success of growers he assisted along the way, from communes in the 60’s, to Liebig Berries, Sam Mazza Farms, Woods Farm and many others.

Upon his retirement as Professor Emeritus at the University of Vermont, Ed began a new chapter in his life even busier than before. His many retirement projects included growing orchids at his and Betsy's winter home in the Keys, volunteering with Ducks Unlimited, the Lake Champlain Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, the Florida Keys Concert Association and St. Columba Episcopal Church of Marathon FL. At St. Columba he always made sure that the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper had pure Vermont Maple Syrup on the tables.

He leaves behind Betsy Ann Bouton, his wife of 67 years; children Jonathan Bouton and his wife Judi Simon-Bouton of Hartford, VT; Margaret (Peggy) Irons and husband Paul Irons of Berlin, VT, Timothy Bouton and his wife Barbara Torian of New Haven, VT; his adopted German family; Michael Beseler, Sabine Beseler-Schattka, and Friederike Beseler and their families. Ed reveled in any activities that included members of his family. Whether hunting, giving rides on his antique side steer 18' Lyman boat “Rivendell”, deep sea fishing, or attending concerts. He was especially proud of his grandchildren, each of whom carries the essence of his being and his love of life in their own personal ways. Liza Bouton of Cambridge, MA, Micah Bouton, his fiancée Emily Fiorelli and their children Joey, Bella, and Jonathan Edward of Hartford, VT; Jason Irons, his wife Joelle and daughter Lael of St Louis MO; Jesse Irons, his wife Emily of Jamaica Plain, MA; Josh Irons of Montpelier, VT, and Andrew Bouton of New Haven, VT.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to A Far Cry-146A South St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130; St. Columba Memorial Fund-451 West 52nd St (Gulf), Marathon FL 33050 or a charity of your choice.

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