Dr. Kenneth E. “Ken” McWilliams, DVM

December 30, 1917 ‒ May 12, 2009

Mount Gilead and formerly of Hillard and Galion, Ohio

Kenneth Edwin “Ken” McWilliams DVM, age 91, of Mount Gilead, formerly of Hilliard and Galion, died Tuesday morning May 12, 2009 at the Bennington Glen Nursing Home.

He was born on December 30, 1917 in Congress Township to the late Glen and Iza D. (Miller) McWilliams. A graduate of Johnsville High School in 1937, he went on to also graduate with a double major in both agriculture and veterinary medicine in 1946 from The Ohio State University. He began his veterinary practice in Plain City in 1953, before enlisting in the US Air force, where he served during the Korean Conflict.

Following service to his country in 1955 returned to his first love, veterinary medicine, practicing in Galion. In 1971 he moved to Hilliard and went to work with Producers Live Stock as a staff veterinarian and traveled throughout Ohio to their various field locations. At the age of 65, he went to work for the Ohio State Racing Commission, where he worked as a veterinary judge at both Scioto Downs and Beulah Park, as well as the Little Brown Jug harness race until 2003, when he officially retired at the age of 85.

He returned to Morrow County by moving to Mt. Gilead and the family home in 2007. A former member of the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ, he was a member of the Hilliard Church of Christ, and had currently been attending the Mt. Gilead Church of Christ. A member of the Galion Lions Club, Galion American Legion Post No. 243, he was a 32nd degree Mason and member of University Lodge F & AM No 631, in Columbus.

He was forever dedicated to the field of veterinary medicine, which he considered his hobby.

Timid and shy in nature, he shall be remembered for always trying to do what was right.

Survived by his children: Jean (Barry) Sykes of Powell, John (Jody) McWilliams of San Francisco, California, and Grandchildren: Brian (Angela) Sykes and Ian and Paul McWilliams.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Marjorie Zimmerman, and his dear friend Lucille Adams.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday May 16, 2009 at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 North Main Street, Mount Gilead, at noon with Pastors Doug Bryan and Ray Linn officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the V.F. W. Post # 8054 and the AmVets Post #87 will follow in Shauck Cemetery. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio State University Veterinary School, General Fund, Office of Development, 127 Veterinary Medicine Academic Building, 1900 Coffey Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210, the Mount Gilead Church of Christ, 322 Iberia Street, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338, or the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ, 7197 County Road 46, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.