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.