George E. Howerton, 81, of Ridgway, and formerly of New Burnside, died Friday, March 9, 2012, in the Ridgway Rehabilitation Center. George had been fighting a sickness for some time.
George was born in Hot Springs, S.D., on Aug. 15, 1930, the son of the late Roy Howerton and Fredybelle Shultz Howerton.
George worked for over 50 years in the pharmaceutical business working with McKesson and Robbins, Kolb Brothers Drug Co. and the Charles Leich Drug Company for most of his career.
He was a good Christian man and was a member of the Reynoldsburg Church. George was a very kind and considerate person and always had a smile and kind word. He loved the outdoors and gardening. He worked very hard from a small boy delivering newspapers until his retirement with his career. He was a good husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be missed.
George is survived by his wife Dora “Dode Drone” Howerton, whom he married in 2007; sons, Mike (Becky) Howerton of Osh Kosh, Wis., and Tom Howerton of Herrin; daughters, Jan Corn of Eldorado, Patty Howerton and companion Kathy Evans of Indianapolis, Ind., and Joyce (Buddy) Lewis of Paducah, Ky.; seven grandchildren; three stepsons, Randy (Kathy) Drone, Doug (Angie) Drone and Kevin (Rhonda) Drone all of Ridgway; one son-in-law, Bill Waller of Macedonia; one daughter-in-law, Jan Drone of New Haven; 11 step-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Waller and a stepson, Vince Drone.
Memorials can be made to the Ridgway Golden Circle or to the VNA of Eldorado.