Harry David Anderson, 82, formerly of Findlay, passed away September 17, 2009 in Villa Park, Illinois. He was born February 1, 1927 to Harry and Minnie (Schaublin) Anderson in Bluffton. He married Florice King in August 1946 and she survives in Villa Park, Illinois. Also surviving are his children: Jack (Judy) Anderson, Jill (John) Payne, Beth (Tim) Haaker and Jo Ellen (Greg) Cicero, twelve grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, a sister, Theda Lehman, and a brother, Willis Anderson. He was preceded in death by his son, Edward Anderson, and his parents.
Mr. Anderson graduated from Mt. Cory High School and served in the Merchant Marines during World War II. He drove a truck for Egner’s in Findlay, and retired from Atlas Powder Company where he worked in Ohio and the Midwest State for most of his life. He enjoyed life and the people around him; he will be greatly missed, but is in a better place now. Funeral services were held September 22, 2009 at Calvary United Methodist Church in Villa Park, Illinois. Interment is in Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery.
Orren Eugene Watkins, 73, died September 15, 2009 at Ambulatory Care Center in Glandorf, Ohio. Mr. Watkins was born April 23, 1936 to Otis and Opal (Harkness) Watkins in Pleasant Township, Hancock County. He married Esther “Sue” Winters on June 29, 1958 and she survives. He was a graduate of Cory-Rawson High School and retired from Harris Corp. in 1998. He was member of Pandora United Methodist Church and a long-time blood donor for the American Red Cross. He enjoyed photography, bike riding, camping and working in the woods. He is survived by his wife Esther “Sue” Watkins, sons; Jeffery E. (Pam) Watkins of Gilboa, Mark L. (Vicki) Watkins of Pandora, Randal S. (Susan) Watkins of Gilboa, Daniel R. (Chasity) Watkins of Findlay and ten grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Marcella (Clifton) Orr of Mt. Cory. He was preceded in death by his parents. A funeral service was held Friday, September 18, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at Chiles-Laman Funeral Home in Bluffton. The Rev. Mark Hollinger officiated. Visitation was Thursday, September 17th from 2-4 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment is in Harman Cemetery in Gilboa. Memorial contributions may be made to Pandora United Methodist Church or the American Red Cross.
Jodi Lynn Francis, 37, of Toledo passed away September 20, 2009 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg, after a five-year battle with cancer, surrounded by her loving family. She was born August 29, 1972 in Bluffton to Ron and Pat (Alliman) Michel. Jodi was a 1990 graduate of Pandora-Gilboa High School and a 1994 graduate of The University of Toledo with a master’s degree in education. She had been employed with Washington Local Schools as a teacher for eleven years at Hiawatha Elementary School. On August 1, 1998, she married Jimmy Francis in Pandora. Along with her husband, Jodi is survived by their children, Ian and Riley. Also surviving are her parents; her brother, Doug; two nephews, Austin and Nathan; a niece, Ashley; and two grandmothers, Evelyn Sutter and Marion Alliman. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 24, at 6:30 p.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church, 3939 Jackman Rd., Toledo. Following the service a time of fellowship with the family will be held at the church until 9 p.m. Private interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Jodi’s children. The family would like to thank Bridge Hospice of Findlay and Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg for their compassion and care. Jodi’s care has been entrusted to Cremation Society of Toledo. Online condolences may be shared at www.toledocremation.com. She will be greatly missed by all those she touched.
Byron Leo Boutwell, age 82, of Findlay passed away at 12:26 p.m. on Monday, September 14, 2009, at The Heritage Manor. He was born at Bluffton Hospital on July 11, 1927 to the late Burley J. and Emma (Heldman) Boutwell. He was raised in Orange Twp and was a 1945 graduate of Rawson High School. On February 15, 1946, Byron married Retha Marie VanAtta and she survives. Byron is also survived by four children: Kristine (Joe) Nonnamaker, Mark (Karen) Boutwell, Kelly Boutwell and Barry (Kelly) Boutwell. Their are nine grandchildren: Derek Boutwell, Will and Wayne Nonnamaker, Vanessa Dietsch, Sarah Boyer, Carol Smith, Emma Bushong and Benjamin and Kaden Boutwell and thirteen great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Rayon J. Boutwell. Byron was preceded in death by his son Michael Boutwell.
While at Rawson High School, he was active in FFA and was awarded the State Farmer Degree.
Byron was engaged in farming and following his dream became a member of the Hancock County Sheriff's Auxillary from 1965-1969 and was then sworn in as a Hancock County deputy sheriff and served in that position until 1979. He was elected Sheriff of Hancock County in January of 1981 and served the citizens of Hancock County for 16 years. After his retirement, he served as an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations consultant until 2008.
He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He enjoyed vintage autos and landscaping.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 - 4:00 & 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 17, 2009, at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay, and for one hour (9:00-10:00 a.m.) at the church prior to the service. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 18, 2009, at Calvary Baptist Church, with Pastor Gordon Dickson and Pastor Dave Clark officiating. Burial will follow in Hassan Cemetery, Orange Twp. Memorial contributions can be made in memory of Byron to the Heritage Christian School, 2000 Broad Ave, Findlay, OH 45840.