Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Wayne "Butch" Nowell, Jr.

Meridian Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, December 29, 2021

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Reflections for Police Officer Wayne "Butch" Nowell, Jr.

Butch I visited with Lucy recently and will be beside her on June 12, 2022 to honor you and your service in Meridian.

I think of you and your bold "John Wayne" persona often. The mold was truly broken with you :)

Rest in Peace Brother, we love and miss you.


Deloris Mihalchik #9902

June 2, 2022

Butch was one of my original Field Training Officers when I began my law enforcement career. He was a good man, and had a kind heart. My wife and I still speak kindly of him and the love he showed towards our family. He gave so much for this profession and my heart is heavy hearing that he passed. God Bless you Butch Nowell. You will be missed.

G Melson

April 5, 2022

Butch where do I start bro ? It seems like yesterday you took me under your wing and taught me to be the Officer I am today. You were a constant, even if everyone else was a drift in, drift out of my life, you were always there. It also seems like I just hugged your neck last night after work as ya drove thru going home. I am going to miss our talks, our vents, and our laughs we shared about the good ole days. But most of all I am going to miss you brother. Just know I loved you like my father, and will see you later bro. Keep my seat at the table in Valhalla open and love you brother.

Officer David McPherson
Rio Vista Police Department

February 24, 2022

Officer Nowell,

Thank you for your sacrifice for our nation. May you be with the Lord and may he be with your family.

Det. Russ Cain

Pittsburgh PD

February 6, 2022

Rest in eternal Peace, good and faithful public servant.
God has already reserved a special place for our peacemakers.
Please continue your careful and diligent watch over us.
When Law Enforcement perishes, a proud and caring nation mourns.
Thank you for your heroic sacrifice!
Thank you for your selfless service!
Thank you for your guardian protection!

Our prayers to the family and department.

Charles F. Holloway, Jr.
Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association
Elizabethtown Police Department

January 28, 2022

Rest, brother.

Sgt. Steve Headley
Mishawaka, IN police

January 23, 2022

Officer Nowell, …, for many years, you dedicated your life to protecting others that they may be safe. It took a small virus to take your life. Our Lord, who sees all and knows all, will reward you abundantly for your courage, dedication and selfless service. May God immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa

January 22, 2022

Most merciful God, You hold each of us dear to Your heart. Hold all those law enforcement officers and their families, who are afflicted or affected by the COVID-19 Virus, in Your loving arms and tenderly draw them into Your life, together with all others who are living with the COVID-19 Virus. Assure them that they are not alone, and give them courage and faith for all that is to come. Strengthen those who care for them and treat them, and guide those who do research. Forgive those who have judged harshly, and enlighten those who live in prejudice or fear. Nourish those who have lost sight of You, and heal the spirits of those who are broken. We pray this in the mighty and holy name of Jesus Christ, who suffered and died, and then rose from the dead to lead us into new life, now and forever. In Christ Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, DDiv, NCCA
Ordained/Licensed/Certified Independent Christian Outreach Clergy
The Peacemakers Prayer Ministry
Merrimack, NH 03054

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department

January 20, 2022



January 20, 2022

Rest In Peace Officer Wayne "Butch" Nowell, Jr. May God watch over you, your family and all Meridian Police Department personnel during this most difficult of time. God's Speed Butch!!!!!

Reserve Deputy Brian Jacobsen
Mahaska County Iowa Sheriff’s Office

January 18, 2022

The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.

Author Unknown

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

January 18, 2022

A police officer should be remembered not by how he died but how he lived! A great man has gone to secure a safe path for the rest of us to follow. Thank you to you, your family and the Meridian Police Department. Our country is a little less safe without you. Rest in Peace Brother!

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

January 17, 2022

On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Police Officer Wayne "Butch" Nowell and the extended law enforcement family of the Meridian Police Department, Texas.

End of Watch Wednesday, December 29, 2021.

Rest in Peace brother and watch over us. We will protect and serve from here on in your honor.

I fight not for glory or fame, for they are momentary. I fight for those who can't. I fight for Justice. I fight for the oppressed and the down trodden. And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets, For I serve to protect the innocent. It matters not where or when, for evil knows no boundaries. Be it fire, flood, or the threat of tyranny, I will not flee. Justice is my weapon. Faith is my shield. Hope is my armor. Cry not at my passing, for it was my Honor to fight for you. Shed not tears of sorrow, But tears of joy, for now, I stand with God.

By Jon F. Hooper

"Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

January 17, 2022

RIP Officer Nowell. Thank you for your service to the citizens of Meridian and Johnson's County

Sergeant Darren Weisse
Tufts University Police

January 17, 2022

My family and I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends, and fellow coworkers of Police Officer Wayne "Butch" Nowell during this difficult time. May they find comfort and support from those around them. May happy moments from the past bring forth precious memories to cherish for a lifetime. May God help heal their aching hearts. Thank you for your service and may you rest in peace Police Officer Wayne "Butch" Nowell.

Gail. M. Pabst
Aunt of fallen Detroit P.O. Jennifer Fettig eow 2/16/04

January 16, 2022

On behalf of POINT 27, we would like to offer condolences for Police Officer Wayne Nowell. Please know we are eternally grateful for Wayne’s service and his ultimate sacrifice.

To honor Police Officer Nowell, POINT 27 sent 27 Thin Blue Line Dog Tag Necklaces, engraved with “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they will be called children of God” Matthew 5:9, to the Meridian Police Department in Meridian, Texas for Wayne’s partner and fellow officers. POINT 27 sent a Folded Flag Necklace engraved with “Greater Love has no one than this; than to lay down one’s life for one’s friend” John 15:13 for Police Officer Wayne Nowell’s wife.

POINT 27 is a Non-Profit organization with a mission to strengthen and encourage members of the Armed Forces, First Responders, and their families, by sharing scripture on Dog Tags and Jewelry called Shields of Strength.

We will never forget and we are forever grateful.


Colonel David Dodd,
United States Army Retired
Executive Director-POINT 27

Detective Jerry M. Rhodes (Retired)
Dallas Police Department-Reserve Division
POINT 27 National Outreach Coordinator
Law Enforcement Liaison
[email protected]

Detective Jerry M. Rhodes (Retired)
Dallas Police Department Reserve Division
POINT 27- National Out Reach Coordinator
Law Enforcement Liaison

January 15, 2022

God rest his soul.

Sgt. Robert A. Henne
Jersey City PD/Retired

January 15, 2022

Rest in Peace Police Officer Wayne "Butch" Nowell! Thank you for your 69 days of service with the Meridian Police Department and your previous 24 years of service with the Johnson's County Sheriff's Office, in Texas. We are all thankful to you for your service, your devotion and your sacrifices, and also to your family and friends for their sacrifices. Our hearts break for your wife during this terrible tragedy, and we want her to know that you will never be forgotten! Our thoughts and Prayers go out to the rest of your family and to all of your sisters and brothers in Blue that protect us. God bless you all!! (Matthew5:9)

Kelly & Eddie King

January 15, 2022

My Butch, rest in peace, my love. I will miss you and love you forever. You were the best thing that ever happened to me. We will meet again, I know that for sure, because our love is eternal. I will be fine and I will always be very proud to have been your wife in this life. I know that you transcended, because you are a Being of Light. Your Lucy forever.

Lucila L Nowell

January 15, 2022

Rest in peace Officer Nowell.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 15, 2022

Psalm 15
God bless.
Rest in peace brother.

Sgt. Paul Schanno
Minnesota Dept. of Corrections MCF-Stillwater

January 14, 2022

deepest condolences to the officer's family and friends

Randal Glenn
Canada Border Services Officer retired

January 14, 2022

Rest in Peace Officer Nowell. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and Prayers go out to your family, coworkers and friends.

Lieutenant Robert T. Mote (ret)
Buena Park, CA Police Department

January 14, 2022

Rest in Peace Officer Nowell. Thank you for your service. My thought and prayers are with the Nowell Family and the Meridian Police Department.

Cpl. Gary Hughes (Retired)
Passaic County Sheriff's Office New Jersey

January 14, 2022

Thank you for your service.

Dmytro Goloborodko

January 14, 2022

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