Robert R. Boutwell Sr., motorcycle dealer

He owned a Triumph motorcycle dealership in Cockeysville

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March 13, 2014|By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun

Robert R. Boutwell Sr., who owned a Triumph motorcycle dealership in Cockeysville, died of heart disease March 7 at his Lutherville home. He was 93.

Born in Bath, Mich., and raised in Lansing, where he attended school, he joined the Coast Guard and was stationed at Curtis Bay at the end of World War II. He settled in Baltimore and was a motorcycle enthusiast. He later opened his own bicycle and motorcycle business in the Mount Royal Avenue area. In the 1950s, he opened Boutwell's Cycle Center at 229 S. Broadway in Southeast Baltimore.

Mr. Boutwell raced at Daytona Beach and finished 11th in a 200-mile race in 1953, family members said.

He later founded a motorcycle dealership on York Road in Cockeysville, where he sold numerous brands. He retired nearly 30 years ago and sold the business.

He then enjoyed farming in Hampstead, where he drove daily from his Lutherville home. He rode tractors until last year. His farms produced corn, soybeans and wheat.

Since the 1940s, he had belonged to American Motorcyclists Association. He was also a member of the Baltimore County Trail Riders Association.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. March 20 at the Lemmon Funeral Home of Dulaney Valley, 10 W. Padonia Road.

Survivors include three sons, Gregory A. Boutwell and Lynn A. Boutwell, both of Hampstead, and Robert R. Boutwell Jr. of Towson; two brothers, Dick Boutwell and Donald Boutwell, both of Lansing; a sister, Betty Boutwell Skidmore, also of Lansing; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. His wife of 49 years, Maxine Eva Schellburg Boutwell, who co-owned the cycle business, died in 1999.

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