Hugh E. Wilson, a lifelong resident of Washington Court House, Ohio died Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at the age of 86 after suffering a stroke in January. He was born September 14, 1934, to Dale and Edna Siemon Wilson in Columbus, OH, but lived, farmed and worked in Fayette County his entire life.
Hugh graduated from Washington High School in 1952, and earned a bachelor’s of science degree in agriculture economics and rural sociology in 1960, from The Ohio State University. While he briefly explored a career as a teacher, it was farming that held a special place in his heart and it was that career that inspired a number of other endeavors throughout his lifetime.
He was vice president of the American Soybean Association and president of the Ohio Soybean Association. In the latter role, he led trade missions with Ohio Gov. James A. Rhodes to both Europe and Brazil in the 1970’s. In Fayette County, he was director of the Fayette County Fair Board, president of the Fayette County Farm Bureau, director of Fayette Landmark Cooperative, president of Symposiarchs and a founding member of Premium Agricultural Commodities, Inc. At Ohio State, he was a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.
In 1980, Hugh was elected to his first four-year term as Fayette County Commissioner. He would be elected to three more terms, serving in the office until 1996. He was proud of the many accomplishments achieved with the other two commissioners during this time, including helping to bring the Yusa Corporation to the county in 1987, and attracting the outlet malls to the area.
In his free time, Hugh was a voracious reader, and in the last two decades of his life, built three award-winning 1953 MG TD replica automobiles, which many recognized as he drove around town and in various parades. He was also a proud member of what he called the “Koffee Klatch,” a group of men from the community that meets daily for coffee and conversation at the American Legion.
Hugh was most proud of his family. He married Ann Taylor in 1961, and they enjoyed traveling the world and traveling to see their one son and his family in Omaha, Nebraska. He is survived by that son, Taylor (JT) Wilson, daughter-in-law Debbie (Dumas) Wilson and granddaughters, Bailey and Brielle Wilson. Bailey is a sophomore at the University of Kansas studying pre-law, while Brielle is a freshman at Millard West High School in Omaha. Hugh was proceeded in death by his wife, Ann, in 2014, his father, Dale, in 1973, and his mother, Edna, in 1971.
Hugh will be honored in a graveside service at the Washington Cemetery on Thursday, April 8, 2021, at 11 a.m. with Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation at the Grace United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church, 301 East Market Street, or Ohio’s Hospice of Fayette County, 222 North Oakland Avenue, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160.