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Howard Staker
1932 - 2021

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Howard M. StakerHoward M. Staker

WHEELERSBURG-Howard M. Staker passed away January 26, 2021 to be with his Lord. He was born May 21,1932 at home in Wheelersburg, Ohio and a son of the late Lewis D. and Elsie Mucha Staker. He was a lifelong resident of Scioto County and graduated from Wheelersburg High school in 1950.He attended Capital University and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1956 from The Ohio StateUniversity College of Pharmacy.

Howard began his career at Reidenbach Pharmacy in Wheelersburg and Dales Pharmacy in

Portsmouth. He was employed by the Upjohn Company, Kalamazoo, MI in September, 1958

and retired after 37 years of employment. He had many Upjohn Pharmaceutical assignments in

pharmacology, medical and marketing in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Michigan.

Howard was Co-Chairman with Dr. William Singleton and was instrumental in organizing the

Sabin oral vaccine to prevent Poliomyelitis in Scioto County. It was called “The Sabin on

Sunday”. He was a member of the Disease Control Center in evaluating antibiotics in pediatrics.

His senior year, the college professors selected him to start an experiment dissolving B 12 in

water in a 10 ml vial for office use. The Merck Chemical Company presented a scholarship to

him for his efforts.

Howard received many awards: The Bausch and Lomb honorary science award, member of

Rho Chi national honor society, the Dr. W.E. Upjohn award, five times the Upjohn Salesman of

the Year award and the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce Dinguishted Salesman award.

Howard was inducted into the 2013 Wheelersburg Hall of Fame. He also received the Ohio

State Distinguished award for 2013.

Howard was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Powellsville, OH. He served on

the counsel and was a past church treasurer. He was a member and past president of the

Wheelersburg and Valley Booster Clubs. He was a trustee for Tan-Lan and Lucasville-Valley

pools. He was the director in establishing the first rural water system in the U.S.A. and a charter

trustee of Scioto County Water District number-one in Lucasville, OH. He was a life member of

the Ohio State Alumni Association and a member of the Ohio State University College of

Pharmacy Alumni Society. He was a 32nd degree Mason and received the 65 year award on

January 24, 2021. He was also a past member of Kiwanis.

He is survived by wife, Judy Staker of 35 years, a daughter, Sheree Arkyns, Yorba Linda, CA,

and two sons, Dr. Martin Staker (Patty) of Wheelersburg and Dr. Todd Staker (Liddy) of Cary, N.

C., two step daughters, Lori McKeever, Chillicothe, OH and Jill McCullough (Mark), New

Albany, OH. Grandchildren James (Wendy) and Nick (Kelsey) Arkyns, Michael (Cheryl) Staker

and Katelyn (Nick) Daniels, Mimi and Abby Staker, Ava Dixon. Step grandchildren Nikki and

Josh McCullough and two great granddaughters, Kinsley Daniels and Marlee Staker. In addition

to his parents Lewis and Elsie Staker, he was preceded in death by his sister Carolyn Decamp

and a brother Lowell Staker.

Howard enjoyed his church, job, hunting with his two sons and joyful times with his daughter

and many other activities with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Howard was an avid

Pirate and Buckeye fan.

The family will receive friends Friday, January 29, 2021 from 5-7:30 p.m. at Harrison-Pyles

funeral home in Wheelersburg and one hour prior to the 10:30 A.M. funeral service which will be

held Saturday, January 30, 2021 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Powellsville. Masonic Services will be held Friday at 7:30 pm at the funeral home. Condolences to the family may be made at www.harrison-pyles.com

Memorial contributions may be made to:

St. John's Memorial Fund

5600 Junior Furnace Powellsville Road

Franklin Furnace, OH 45629



Tuesday February 2, 2021

Suzanne Perazzo

I worked with Howard during my career at the Upjohn CO. Howard was a wonderful person who was always there to help you! I am so very sorry for your lose! My thoughts and prayers are with you!

Thursday January 28, 2021

Zane & Peggy Campbell

So sorry for your loss.??

Thursday January 28, 2021

Peter McCarthy

I'm so sorry for your loss! Our family's thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Wednesday January 27, 2021


Peace be with you my fellow Mason! RIP,!!!!!


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