Howard T. “Babe” Wilson

November 30, 1935 ‒ August 22, 2019

Fredericktown, Ohio

Howard T. “Babe” Wilson, of Fredericktown passed away on Thursday, August 22, 2019 unexpectedly at the age of 83, He was born on November 30, 1935 in Bedford to the late Howard Paul and Sadie (Svoboda) Wilson.

Howard was a lifetime farmer, starting with his father as a young boy.  He received the Knox County Outstanding Farmer award in 1959.  He was also a dairy farmer, milking Registered Holstein cows for 52 years.  He raised a cow that was first in Ohio and 5th in the nation.  He sold several cattle out of the country and put bulls in the A1 program at Select Sires in Delaware.  In 1986 he was awarded the Progressive Breeder Registry Plaque for Holstein-Freision Association.  Upon selling his Holstein herd, he purchased 7 Angus cows and from there, has built up a herd of quiet Angus cattle, he spent a lot of time with, out in the pasture with “his partner, the herding dog “Cody”, who was also well known!  Semi retiring in 2017 from the farming industry, he continued on with the cattle and then leasing the farm to his grandson, Thomas Wilson

Howard is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, H. Jo-Ann (Dexter) Wilson; two sons, John Howard Wilson of Brandon and William Lee Wilson of Bellville; four grandchildren, several great grandchildren and four nieces.  Also surviving are his beloved step children, M. Jane Rager of Columbus, Teresa J. Davis of Fredericktown and Eddie Joe Stage of Mount Vernon; several step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Howard was preceded in death by two sons, Robert “Bob” Wilson and Scott A. Wilson

Friends will be received from 11a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at the First Presbyterian Church, 17 South Main St., Fredericktown with Pastor Christine Burns officiating.  Burial will follow at Forest Cemetery

In lieu of flowers, Howard’s wishes are that donations be made in his name to the First Presbyterian Church in Fredericktown.

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  • Dear Jo-Ann, Bill, John and Family,

    We were saddened to hear that Howard had passed away this morning. Our hearts go out to all of you in your time of sorrow. He was such a great man and a very hard worker. I saw him just last week bailing hay in the field across the road from Dad’s.

    We are sending prayers your way and hope that you carry wonderful memories for years to come.

    Thinking of you,

    Ron and Cathy (Walters) Riel

  • Howard and his ( then), young family farmed next to ours on Hamilton Road, which was just off BellvilleAnkneytown Rd, at the Southern tip of Richland County, back in the 50’s and 60’s . Even though our family and theirs eventually merged to other farm land, we children married ,,,,, ironically, his current farm, his son Bill, and my husband , Randy & I are still engaged in agriculture and have lived in close proximity for many years, in the Ankneytown, Palmyra areas. News today, of Howard’s passing signifies the closure of an era for many of us around this vicinity , as well. As the generation typical in age to many parents of those we grew up with is diminishing , we cling to reflections,,,,,,, remembering their strong, work ethics, and the courage & determination it took to initiate agricultural business ventures , engaging the entire families in multi-tasks from their early youth ,,,,, We are sorry to hear of this sudden loss, and our hearts & prayers extend to the Wilsons, their many relatives , friends and neighbors. Most sincerly, Randy and Nancy (Kunkle) Gregg & family members.

  • Jo-Ann and family I’m sending sincere condolences from my mom Pat Eal, Tom & Debbie Groves and family from Columbus. I will always remember the time you all welcomed the boy Scout troop to your farm for a campout weekend. It was a wonderful time for all. Howard loved teaching them all about his cows and showed them how the milking process was done. Wishing you all peaceful memories.

  • Jo ann.. I am so sorry to her of the passing of Howard. I so enjoyed talking to him, and hearing about the farm. I was so glad I ran into you guys hear not to long ago at KCH. Please know we are here if you guys need anything.. lots of love and prayers

  • William and family,

    We are sorry for the loss of your loved one. Our heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Just know you are in our thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort in the days ahead. 

  • Sending my sympathy and prayers to let you know my heart goes out to the Wilson family at this time of sadness.

    With deepest sympathy.

  • Pa… Thank you for all the time, dedication, memories and love that you shared with me over the years. From milking cows to bailing hay to bonfires with the Boy Scout troop just to name a few. You may be gone from this earth but the memories we shared will forever live on in my heart. You will be greatly missed!! Love You Pa