James R. Hulton Jr., 90, operated Hulton's Tavern

James R. "Bud" Hulton Jr., 90, of New Milford, died Aug. 17, 2009, at his home. He was the husband of Arline (Aldrich) Hulton.

Mr. Hulton was born Oct. 14, 1918, in New Milford, son of the late James R. Sr. and Mary (Rooney) Hulton.

He was a graduate of New Milford High School, Class of 1936.

Before World War II, Mr. Hulton was a commercial and professional photographer for Simpson Studios in New Milford and a member of the Professional Photographers Association of America.

He served in the U.S. Army for nearly four years, during World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service. He attained the rank of first sergeant of Company B, 645th Tank Destroyer Battalion, 45th Infantry Division. He participated in the campaigns at Naples, Foggia, Rome, Arno, Southern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe.

Following World War II, Mr. Hulton joined his father in the operation of Hulton's Recreation Tavern and Bowling Alleys, where he continued for the ensuing 43 years.

Mr. Hulton was a member of Water Witch Hose Co. No. 2 in New Milford for 69 years, where he held several positions, including chief from 1961-63. He was also a member of the VFW Post No. 1672 of New Milford.

In addition to his wife of 51 years, he is survived by a son, James R. Hulton III of Danbury; two brothers, Leo J. Hulton and Paul V. Hulton of New Milford; four sisters, Catherine Schaffer of Ashford, and Helena Conn, Geraldine Knowles and Elizabeth Peyron of New Milford; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Philip and Patrick, and a sister, Mary Collins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated tomorrow (Saturday) at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church on Route 109 in New Milford. Burial will follow at Center Cemetery in New Milford.

Friends may call today (Friday) from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge St., New Milford.

Memorials may be made to the Water Witch Hose Co. No. 2 Scholarship Fund, 8 Grove St., New Milford, CT 06776.