Howard Edward Whiston

April 25, 1932 ‒ June 20, 2021

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Mt. Gilead – Howard Edward Whiston passed away on June 20, 2021 at the age of 89.  Howard was preceded in death by his wife of almost 66 years Pauline McDevitt Whiston and his father and mother, the late Roy V. Whiston and the late Ethel S. Whiston of Mt. Gilead. He is survived by their two children: Anne (Craig) Maier and Tom Whiston, seven grandchildren; Jonathan Whiston, Whitney (Jesse) Thompson, Joseph (Sabina) Whiston, Hannah (Josh) McKee, Avery Maier, Alexander Maier, and Taylor Maier and three great grandchildren: Oliver Thompson, Charlotte Thompson, and Madeline Thompson.

Howard grew up in Mt. Gilead and graduated from Mt. Gilead High School in 1950 where he was the President of his Class.   He went on to attend The Ohio State University and graduated from the College of Pharmacy in 1955 where he was President of the Phi Delta Chi Fraternity. While at Ohio State, Howard met his future wife, Pauline. Howard and Pauline were married in August of 1955 and then moved to San Antonio where Howard proudly served his country in the US Army Medical Corps as a Captain.

Howard returned to Mt. Gilead to practice pharmacy at Whiston Pharmacy following in his father’s footstep where he managed the family business as a second-generation pharmacist until 2008. Howard also directed the Whiston Foundation which was formed to provide philanthropic benefit to his community and organizations.

Howard was actively involved in the Mt. Gilead and Morrow County communities, working closely with many local organizations including:

  • Masons where he was a 65 year member
  • Boy Scouts
  • Mt Gilead Tree Board
  • Trinity and Cardington Methodist Churches
  • American Red Cross
  • The Salvation Army
  • The Ohio State University President’s Club 50+ Year Member
  • Audubon and Sierra Club Life Member

In 2001 Howard was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy for having made distinguished contributions in the fields of public health and public service, having performed outstanding activities in the interest of the college and its students, and having an outstanding record in the profession of pharmacy.

In 2013, Howard was awarded The Tucker Award by Mt. Gilead for having gone above and beyond in service to the Mt Gilead community and Morrow County.

Howard loved his family, his community and his country.  He was an avid bird watcher and traveled extensively to pursue his hobby from the US to New Guinea to Antarctica. He especially loved traveling with Pauline and the family. He firmly believed exposing the family to different cultures not only provided an education but also a connection to all people around the world.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 23, 2021 from 2PM to 7PM, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel in Mt. Gilead.  A private burial will be held at Rivercliff Cemetery.

Donations in memory and celebration of Howard Whiston’s life can be made to the following:

  • Hospice of Morrow County
  • The Morrow County Chapter of the Salvation Army
  • The Morrow County Chapter of the American Red Cross

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Howard’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Dear Tom and Ann. I am saddened by your loss of a great friend of mine. We shared so many memories. My prayers will be with all of you in this time of grieving for comfort and support from our heavenly Father

  • Sorry to receive this sad news. Will miss the hugs from a great friend!
    Prayers for the family.

  • There was, and will be, only one Howard Whiston. He touched so many young lives there in Mt. Gilead. Sad to say that I have been out of touch with him, but we go back to the mid-50s. Such an active and energetic leader, keeping Christ front and center.

  • Janet and I are sad to learn of Howard’s passing. I always enjoyed talking with him. He will be missed.

    Janet and John Harbaugh

  • I am so very sorry for this huge loss. Prayers for comfort will be surrounding the family.

  • Tom, I was so saddened to hear of your father’s death. I read your beautiful tribute and left you a long message there on Facebook. Your family and my family have quite a history together. Your tribute brought tears to my eyes and a lot of memories to mind. God bless you and your sister and all your family at this difficult time and may He be a great comfort and a great strength to you all. I had no idea what all your father had done in his lifetime. May he rest in eternal peace with his beautiful wife Pauline and the Lord Jesus Christ. Please accept my deepest heartfelt condolences .

  • Dear Tom & Anne, many young men of my generation knew your Father
    to be a warm and caring man. He will be deeply missed.

  • Dear family of Howard Whiston
    So sorry to learn of Howard’s passing. We were in same Sunday School Class at Cardington First Methodist Church. He added so much for us. May your many memories be of comfort at this time
    Sincerely, Shirley Robinson

  • We are saddened to learn of Howard’s passing. He and and Pauline were so community minded and committed to our town, especially our schools. I seemed to often sit next to or near Howard at meetings/functions. I was always struck by his youthful energy, eternal optimism and strong opinions on just about everything. Howard always had a kind word and some advice for me whenever we spoke. Condolences to the Whiston family.

    John & Debbie Curtis

  • Howard Whiston may be gone from this life, but I believe he is in heaven with the Savior rejoicing and shaking hands!

  • Tom, I was sorry to hear you lost your Dad. I remember when he took you white water rafting and the picture was in the Sentinel. He was so proud of you and your sister. My thoughts are with you both. Mary Jo

  • Tom, Ann, and family,
    I’m so sorry for your great loss of such a wonderful man! I always enjoyed seeing him. He was such an admirable man for so many reasons. May the Lord bring comfort to you and your family. Howard left behind so much to be proud of!
    Erin & Patrick Kelty

  • Tom, Ann and Family
    The West Central Community Correctional Facility staff are so sad to hear about your loss. Howard was a special member of our Facility Governing Board for several years. His heart and passion to serve the Lord in this manner will be missed. He was an amazing, Godly, man.

    Dave Ervin and the Staff at West Central

  • Tom,
    So sorry for the loss of your father. Please know your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Tom, Ann, Hannah and the rest of your family,

    Our deepest sympathy for your loss. May your many memories of your father and grandfather help you through your grief. Howard Whiston has left a legecy to be proud of indeed.

  • Tom and Anne:
    So many memories of your parents, our family gatherings years ago, growing up in Mt. Gilead and beyond. I reflect on their civic and community involvement, philanthropic support, the pharmacy with candy stops on the way home from school and later prescriptions, convertibles, the card store, their big dogs, Trinity United Methodist Church, and the Scout lodge. The prints of their good deeds on the village will long remain as a lasting legacy of their support and involvement. Unfortunately, Jacqui and I will be out of town on the 23rd and unable to attend. Please, know that we send our sincere condolences.

    We wish you courage, strength, peace and understanding as you reflect on all the good.

    Clay and Jacqui Snyder

  • His future view has brightened my life. His spirit in the afterworld should bring us here a clearer insight on living.