July 15, 1945 — Dec. 17, 2007
NORWALK — Austin E. “Butch’ Winchester, 62, of Largo, Fla. and formerly of Norwalk, died Monday in his home.
He was born July 15, 1945 in Glendale, Ariz. to the late Ernest F. and Eula N. (Smartt) Winchester and lived in the Norwalk area most of his life before moving to Florida in 2000.
He was a former self-employed truck driver and a former driver for Frayer Transit, Olympic Steel of Bedford Heights, and M&B Trucking. He was also a former employee of Norwalk Furniture Company and the Avon Lake Ford Plant.
He attended Calvary Baptist Church of Norwalk and Norwalk High School. He was a veteran of the Army, serving in Vietnam. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Firelands Post 2743 and Eagles Aerie 711.
He enjoyed golf, fishing, hunting, darts, bowling, playing cards and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He is survived by his son, Cory S. Winchester of Grafton; a daughter, Tammie R. Kight of Elyria; four grandsons; former wife, Isabel M.Winchester of Grafton; a brother, E. Duane Winchester of Columbus; sisters, Patsy Asmus of Norwalk, Sandye Cadmus of Cape Coral, Fla. and Debbie Holtz of Norwalk; and 12 nieces and nephews and 16 great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Billy Winchester.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk, where funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Burial will take place at 11 a.m. Friday in the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman.
Memorial gifts may be sent to Firelands Post 2743 Veterans of Foreign Wars, 140 Milan Ave., Norwalk, Ohio 44857.
Online condolences may be made at www.edwalkerfuneralhome.com.