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 www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.