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Willis (Bill) Boutwell, 87, died at 4:14 am on March 6, 2012 at Hilty Memorial Home, Pandora, surrounded by his loving wife and family. Mr. Boutwell was born May 26, 1924, in Lafayette, Ohio, to John and Ethel Shrider Boutwell, who preceded him in death. On October 16, 1948, he married Wanda Mae Claypool and she survives. Mr. Boutwell was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to many. Those who knew him will always remember his jovial nature, kind-hearted spirit, enthusiastic laugh, and his desire to share the apples and honey that he harvested for years on end from his personal orchard. Bill was an active member of Riley Creek Baptist Church, Bluffton, Ohio, where he served as a deacon and as a member of numerous committees. Bill was the proprietor of Arthur's Round Table Restaurant in Lima, Ohio from 1949 till 1965. For the next 25 years, he then became an investment broker for the Investor's Diversified Financial Services now known as AmeriPrise. Over the course of his adult life, Bill enjoyed an abundance of hobbies including, but not limited to, camping with his family, spending time with his loved ones, traveling across the United States, hunting and fishing with friends, tending to his orchard, and working with the Northwestern Bee Keeping Association. Mr. Boutwell was a 1943 graduate of Ada High School. Following high school, he served in the United States Marine Corp during World War II and the United States Navy Reserves during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Boutwell was a member of The American Legion Post 0536 of Gilboa, Ohio and The Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 09381, Ada, Ohio. Survivors include three daughters: Gay Lee (Ken) Martin of Elletsville, Indiana, Elaine (Bruce) Sommers of Delphos, and Patsy (Carey) Arthur of Pandora; nine grandchildren: Bryan (Candie) Burkholder, Chad (Kelly) Burkholder, Tiana Burkholder, Jennifer Leonard, Kristen (T J) Lewis, Shawn (Natalie) Sommers, Chris (Sara) Sommers, Annie (Michael) Gill, and Amle Arthur; thirteen great-grandchildren: Madeleine, Meghan, Kyle, Sierra, Jada, Emileigh, Ellie, Cora, Blake, Brody, Colt, Carli, and Ailey. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 am Friday at Riley Creek Baptist Church, Bluffton. Rev. David Lanquist will officiate. Burial will be in Hasson Cemetery, Van Buren Township with military rites by the Veteran of Foreign Wars Honor Guard. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 pm Thursday at Chiles-Laman Funeral and Cremation Services, Bluffton. Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Creek Baptist Church.

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