Rev. Howard William Washburn
The Reverend Howard William Washburn, 89, of St. Marys, Ohio, died on February 21, 2012 at Lima Memorial Health System.
Howard was born October 27, 1922 in Hackensack, New Jersey to Adlagunda Bellm and Russell LeRoy Washburn, Sr., and raised by his grandparents John and Christina Bellm. He was an all-state first baseman at Hackensack High School in 1941 and received a try-out with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Thoughts of professional baseball were interrupted by Pearl Harbor and the onset of World War II. Howard enlisted in the Army, serving in the South Pacific Theater, including New Guinea and Leyte. He was present when Gen. Douglas MacArthur landed on the beach at Tacloban, freeing the Philippines.
After the war, Howard attended college on the G.I. Bill at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey and Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. While in college in Iowa Howard served as a Methodist supply minister to two small churches in Iowa. After undergraduate school he was assigned as pastor of the Methodist Church in Brighton, Iowa while he began seminary at the Garrett Theological Seminary at Northwestern University. He transferred to a Methodist Church in Jersey City, New Jersey, completing his divinity degree at Drew University, graduating summa cum laude and becoming ordained as an Elder in the Methodist Church.
Howard became interested in and widely known for the Methodist Church’s ministry to older persons. He served as an Administrator of Methodist Homes in Texas, New Jersey and California and on the National Board of the Methodist Church in charge of homes for the aged. For the last 26 years Howard has served as an administrative and special advisor to the president – CEO of Otterbein Homes in Ohio. Howard was a founder of Leading Age, the national organization of the not-for-profit services to the aging, receiving its highest award for service in 2001 and was a special honoree at Leading Age’s 50th Annual Meeting in 2011. He received Otterbein’s Outstanding Service to the Elderly award in 2001 and the United Methodist Association’s prestigious Olen Oeschger Memorial Award in 2004, among many other awards. Howard was a leader and a mentor to many of the nation’s caregivers to the elderly throughout his ministry.
Howard is survived by his wife Barbara, 2 sons John (Denni) Washburn, Jim (Chris) Washburn; four step children, Brian (Leanne) Jewett, Andy (Suzie) Jewett, Karen (Skip Lindo) Jewett, Glen (Wanda) Jewett; grandchildren; and great grandchildren; a cousin Elaine Anderson, and a daughter-in-law Sherrie Vissotski.
He was pre-deceased by his son Mark Washburn; his brother Russell LeRoy Washburn, Jr.; his sister Beatrice Washburn Miller.
The memorial service will begin 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 25, 2012 in the Myer Community Room at Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Community, St. Marys. The Rev. George Campbell and Rev. William McOmber will officiate. Burial of cremated remains will be in Otterbein Cemetery, Lebanon, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Otterbein St. Marys Lifestyle Community, Benevolent Fund, 11230 State Rt. 364, St. Marys, Ohio 45885.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to services, in the Myer Community Room.
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2012
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2012
Time: 11:00 am