Cancer has taken the life of the longest-tenured sheriff in Marion County history. On Thursday morning former Marion County Sheriff John H. Butterworth passed away.


Sixty-three year old John Butterworth, was first elected as sheriff of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in 1980. Serving six terms and retiring in 2004 to go to work as a regional coordinator for Ohio Homeland Security.


Under John Butterworth, the sheriff’s office supplied bulletproof vests to all deputies for the first time. He also moved all the office’s records to computers, upgraded the department’s weapons and implemented the first 911 system in the county.


Visitation hours for John Butterworth will be 3 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Boler Activity Center, on Forest Lawn Blvd.


A funeral mass will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.


A private family burial will be held at a later time.


John leaves behind his wife Phyllis and his two sons.