M. Orville Boutilier

Posted Sept. 19, 2012, at 8:06 p.m.

HODGDON – M. Orville Boutilier, 92, died Sept. 14, 2012, at a local health care facility. He was born Aug. 22, 1920, at Griswold, the son of Samuel and Florence (Mann) Boutilier.

Orville moved to Houlton in 1921, working for Chadwick Florist and at his father’s greenhouse on Riverside Street, now Daniels Florist, until joining the U.S. Army after Pearl Harbor. Returning to Houlton in 1946, he built Boutiliers Florist, retiring in spring 2011. In 1965 Orville was one of three local business men to own and operate Hilltop Lanes, where he worked and bowled until he was 89. He was an active lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and an active member of the Dux Club, donating countless hours.

Orville is survived by his close friend, who was like a son, Larry Scott and wife, Michelle, who took care of him in his last years, and their children, Natalee and Sofia; two daughters, Ruth Lozier of Edmonton, Alberta, and Beth Morrison and husband, Bob, of Old Orchard Beach; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Ted Boutilier and wife, Donna, of Porter, Fla.; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; wife, Velma “Babe” Boutilier; and brother, Fredrick Boutilier.

Graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Friday at Linneus Cemetery. Online condolences and guest book at www.dunnfuneral.com.

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