Howard Carl Sharp, age 85, of Wilmington, Ohio, passed away peacefully, Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2012, at his residence in Wilmington, Ohio.
He was born July 25, 1927 in Midland, Ohio, son of Winford Oscar and Nora Alice (Botts) Sharp. On June 11, 1960 in Parkersburg, W.Va., he married Frances L. Kesterson, who survives.
Howard had worked in management for the Massey-Ferguson Company in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and West Virginia, had been the agriculture consultant for the Parkersburg National Bank and retired as the owner/operator of F-L Products, a wholesale distribution company, in Parkersburg.
He was a 1945 graduate of Jefferson Township High School and a 1953 graduate of Ohio State University, Howard served during the Korean War in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955. He was a member of the Wilmington Presbyterian Church, the American Legion Post #179, Blanchester, Ohio, the Old Car Club of Wilmington, A Paul Harris Fellow with the Parkersburg, W.Va. Rotary, Past Vice President and Current Trustee of the Alpha Gamma Sigma Foundation at The Ohio State University. He loved old cars and old tractors.
In addition to his wife, other surviving family members are his daughter, Lea Ann (Mark) Dick of Cincinnati, Ohio; grandsons, Gregory and Bradley Dick of Cincinnati, Ohio; two sisters, Mary (Robert) Brown of Wilmington, and Thelma (Phillip) Pennewitt of New Antioch, Ohio; two brothers, Charles Sharp of Midland, Ohio, and Samuel (Ethel) Sharp of Martinsville, Ohio; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
In addition to his parents, Howard was preceded in death by two brothers, Stanley and Wayne Sharp.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wilmington Presbyterian Church, 840 Timber Glen Drive, Wilmington, with Rev. Jeffrey J. Ott officiating. Interment will follow in the Martinsville Cemetery, Martinsville, Ohio. The Blanchester American Legion Post #179 Memorial Squad will accord full military honors.
Friends will be received from 4-7 p.m. Friday at the church.
Contributions in Howard's memory may be made to the Community Care Hospice, P.O. Box 123, Wilmington, Ohio 45177. Fisher-Edgington Funeral Homes, Wilmington is serving the family. For more information and to sign the online guest book, please go to www.edgingtonfuneralhomes.com.