US Marine Corps

Edwin L. "Butch" Sand

June 7, 1944 ~ December 8, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old

Edwin Sand Obituary

Edwin L. “Butch” Sand, 79, of Elyria, died December 8, 2023.  He was born June 7, 1944 in Elyria and was a 1962 graduate of Elyria High School.  From 1963-1967, he served with the US Marine Corps and was stationed in Vietnam serving in the South China Sea with Task Force 76, participated in combat operations against communist forces in Defense of Da Nang where he was wounded in action.  He also participated in combat operations for the Defense of Hue-Phu Pai.  Butch received the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was formerly employed at Parker-Hannifin (Perry Fay Co.), Elyria, tended bar at Mardi Gras in downtown Elyria, wrote poetry and known for his humor.  As a youngster, he enjoyed playing baseball and later in life played softball. 

Butch is survived by a daughter, Cynthia Sand of Elyria; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; brother, Richard Sand of Myrtle Beach, FL; sister, Kaaren Sand of Elyria and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, LaVern and Bernice Sand; brothers, Calvin and Ronald Sand and a sister, Sheila Leininger.

Friends will be received Wednesday, December 13, 2023 from 5:00 pm until the time of a 7:00 pm service at Dicken Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 323 Middle Avenue, Elyria.  A graveside service will be Thursday, December 14, 2023 at 10:00 am at Resthaven Memory Gardens, Avon.  Elyria VFW #1079 Honor Guard will present military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wellspring Hospice, 3905 Oberlin Avenue, Lorain, Ohio 44053.


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December 13, 2023

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Dicken Funeral Home & Cremation Service
323 Middle Ave.
Elyria, OH 44035

Funeral Service
December 13, 2023

7:00 PM
Dicken Funeral Home & Cremation Service
323 Middle Ave.
Elyria, OH 44035

Graveside Service
December 14, 2023

10:00 AM
Resthaven Memory Gardens, Avon


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