Dan L. Norton, 61, of Spencer, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008, at Lodi Community Hospital.
He was born Aug. 27, 1946, in Oberlin to Harold and Dorothy (Shipman) Norton. He was a 1964 graduate of Wellington High School and earned his associate degree from the University of Virginia. He served as an officer for the Ohio State Highway Patrol for 10 years, and also worked at the Medina County Sheriffâ€™s Department for 15 years, and was the chief deputy. He was a bomb technician for Medina County and he trained the first FBI dog, Apollo, his partner of eight years, to search for explosives and missing persons. Mr. Norton was the instructor for the Medina County Canine Unit and was a firearms expert who was firearms instructor at the Medina County JVS. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Lodi. He loved his farm and deeply enjoyed spending time with his kids and grandkids.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Joyce Norton; children, Jamie Norton of Texas, Jodi (Scott) Steiskal of Nova and Peggy (Dan) Kunsman of Sullivan Township; grandchildren, Amanda (Jimmy Kurtz) Norton, Danielle Norton, Taylor (Don Wertz) Norton, Randi (Jason) Miller, Dusty Steiskal, Bobby Steiskal, Zoe Kunsman and Mya Kunsman; sisters, Peggy Reed and Joan Whitney, both of Wellington; and brother, Harold Norton of Wellington.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert and William Norton, and sister, Dorothy Sutliff.
A private family burial will be held at Greenwood Cemetery, Wellington.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family who will choose a charity, c/o Norton-Eastman Funeral Home, 370 S. Main St., Wellington, 44090.
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