Ronald Dwight Dutton

1934 - 2019

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Ronald D. Dutton, 84, of Findlay, passed away at 9:27 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Blanchard Valley Hospital with his loving daughters by his side. He was born on September 12, 1934 in Findlay to the late Gerald and Trolla (Gallant) Dutton. On June 23, 1956, he married Nancy E. Lloyd and she preceded him in death on December 7, 2015. Ron is survived by his daughters: Robin (Frank) Squire of Van Buren, and Tricia (Anthony) Smallwood of Pennsville, New Jersey; grandchildren: Michael, Kimber, Taylor, Tucker, Andrew, Hunter, MacKenzie, and Madeleine; and 7 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his brothers: Pete Dutton and Dennis Smith; and his sister, Beverly Muzy. Ron was a 1952 graduate of Findlay High School. In 1953, Ron joined the United States Army where he proudly served his country during the Korean War. He was a Paratrooper with the 1982 Airborne from 1953-1955. In 1959, Ron participated in a college internship at Marathon Oil Company for 3 years. He graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1961 where he was first in his class in mechanical engineering. He also served as president of his fraternity at ONU. Ron retired from Marathon Oil Company after 30 years of employment. He also retired from Ohio Bank where he worked from 1995-2010, retiring at the age of 75. Ron was the current treasurer of the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad where he also served as a past president. Ron was a member of the Fort Findlay Playhouse since 1969. He directed plays, acted in over 50 plays, and served as the past president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, and on the board. Ron was also a member of the Ralph D. Cole Post #3 American Legion, Findlay Moose Lodge, Amvets, VFW and Elks. Ron was an avid OSU fan. He said the best day of his life is when the Buckeyes won the National Title in 2002. Ron loved to golf and served on the Board of Directors at Sycamore Springs for many years. He loved sports - playing softball, tennis, golf, bowling, and pool leagues. Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00pm and 6:00-8:00pm on Monday, April 15, 2019 at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, Findlay and one hour (10:00-11:00am) prior to the funeral service on Tuesday. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday, April 16, at the funeral home, with Pastor Dutch VanderVlucht officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Hancock County Veterans Memorial Squad. Memorials may be made to the Fort Findlay Playhouse or the Hancock Veterans Memorial Squad. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Monday, April 15th 2019 2:00 - 4:00 PM & 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    Tuesday, April 16th 2019 10:00 - 11:00 AM

  • Funeral Service:

    Tuesday, April 16th 2019 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

  • Final Resting Place:

    Maple Grove Cemetery [Map]
    1120 W Main Cross St
    Findlay, Ohio 45840

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To : Family of Ron Dutton
Date :Friday, April 12th 2019
From : Sycamore Springs Golf Course
We are very sorry to hear of Ron's passing and offer our thoughts and prayers. Your father made many contributions to Sycamore Springs over the years and he will be missed. He is the owner of 6 shares of stock in the golf course. You can contact the Secretary at 419-306-8843 to discuss how to arrange sale or transfer of the shares.


John D. Thompson
Secretary, Sycamore Springs Golf Course

To : The Dutton Family
Date :Friday, April 12th 2019
From : Jeff Opperman
I had the pleasure of knowing Ron through the Fort Findlay Playhouse. He was both a joy to watch on the stage and to be part of a production with. I will always remember his performance in "Over the River and Through the Woods" and all of his kind words of my own abilities. He will be greatly missed.

To : Dutton Family
Date :Friday, April 12th 2019
From : Charlie and Carol Breitigam
Our sympathy to you.

To : The Dutton Family
Date :Friday, April 12th 2019
From : Dan and Julie Alspaugh
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dutton family. While are hearts are heavy, we wanted to share how truly blessed we are to have had Ron in our lives. He was an absolute treasure. That unmistakable laugh, and never ending smile. Always positive, and encouraging. He will be missed.

To : the dutton family
Date :Sunday, April 14th 2019
From : beverly fisher
Since I must miss the services, I wanted to express my sincere condolences on this sad loss to your family, the community, and the Playhouse stage. I have long remembered Ron and Nancy from our happy years in Rome.

To : Trish Dutton Smallwood
Date :Sunday, April 14th 2019
From : Denise N
What a wonderfully genuine man we lost. Sending all my love from Pittsburgh. Please know my heart is there.

To : The Dutton Family
Date :Monday, April 15th 2019
From : Doreen Wieging
So Sorry for your loss. Thought and Prayers to you and the family. Sending condolences sympathy. I miss Ron and Nancy ! Remember them my whole heart! Sending Much Love! From Doreen 5wjt

To : Trish Smallwood
Date :Monday, April 29th 2019
From : Rod and Jana Hartman
So sorry for the loss of your dad. Prayers for you and the family for comfort.