Austin E. Showman

September 04, 1917 ‒ August 06, 2010

Delaware formerly of Columbus, Ohio

Austin E. Showman, age 92 of Delaware past away Friday, August 06, 2010 at Willow Brook living surrounded by his family.

He was born on September 4, 1917 in Liberty Center to the late Cloyce and Abbie (Rye) Showman. A graduate of Liberty Center High School in 1935, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Fenn College and a master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University.

A US Army veteran of WW II, he had worked as a newspaper editor for the Circleville Herald, The Marion Star, and The Kansas City Star. From 1955 until 1978 he served as the Director of Office of Information for the Cooperative Extension Service of The Ohio State University. He also served as the adviser of the Agriculture Student Magazine at Ohio State.

Austin was a member of the Bethel Presbyterian Church and AAACE. Following retirement he enjoyed writing short stories of his youth and adventures. Considered a wordsmith his hobbies included; photography, woodworking, raising beautiful roses and tending to his yard. He was an avid fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, especially the football team.

He was kind, thoughtful and a true gentleman. Always the peacemaker he will be remembered as a wonderful father, grandfather, and journalist.

He leaves to treasure his memory Daughter: Ann (Ben) Bilikam, Grandchildren: Cynthia (Jason) DesJardins, Miles Bilikam, Great-grandchildren: Cole, Apryl, Allyson all of Delaware, and Brother: Bert Showman of Liberty Center.

Also preceded in death by his first wife of 42 years: Wilda (Hanover), second wife Mary (Hanover) Baugh, brother John and sister Caroline Matthews.

Friends may call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 75 W. William St. (SR 36), Delaware, where a service celebrating the life of Austin will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday , with Pastor Gary Underwood officiating, interment with military honors will follow in Union Cemetery, Columbus.

Memorial contributions may be made to Salvation Army or Willow Brook Christian Community.

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