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Wilson L. Toothman recognized for 50 years

Photo Provided Wilson Toothman, right, accepts his 50-year award from Ohio Funeral Directors Association President Michael Smith.

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Wilson L. Toothman received recognition for dedicating a half century of his life to the funeral profession.

Toothman received his 50-year certificate on Aug. 25 in Columbus from the Ohio Funeral Directors Association. The 1967 graduate of Union Local High School attended Ohio University (Belmont) Eastern prior to enrolling in the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He graduated magna cum laude with an associate degree in mortuary science in 1970.

He has been an employee of Toothman Funeral Home since 1964, receiving his embalmer license in October 1971 and funeral director license in January 1972 after serving his apprenticeship under the direction of his father, Bill Toothman. He served as president of Toothman Funeral Home from 1980-2011. He is a past president of District 12, Ohio Funeral Directors Association, and served on the Board of Directors of Ohio Funeral Directors Association for four years, during which time he served on the master trust and health insurance committees.

Wilson Toothman married Linda Ramsay in 1968. They have three children: Denise (A.C.) Wiethe, Bill (Cami) Toothman, Jeff (Regan) Toothman and seven grandchildren, Chase and Rhyanna Wiethe, Alli Toothman and Alexis, Taylor, Abigail and Wyatt Toothman.

Wilson Toothman was president of St. Clairsville Jaycees and state vice president Ohio Jaycees, receiving the Bob Schmidt Award as one of Ohio’s six outstanding state vice presidents. He was named Jaycee of the Year 1974-75 and 1977-78 and received JCI Senatorship in 1979.

He has been a member of the St. Clairsville Rotary Club since 1974, serving as club president 1985-86. He served on the Mental Health Board for Belmont-Harrison-Monroe Counties 1977-85, with one year as chairman.

He and his family are members of Thoburn United Methodist Church in St. Clairsville.

He is a member and past master of Weyer Lodge 541 Free & Accepted Masons at Centerville and currently serves as its treasurer. He is a member and past patron of the former St. Clairsville Chapter 510 Order of Eastern Star and a member of Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Steubenville; the Osiris Shrine at Wheeling and the El Tor Grotto at Wheeling.

Toothman is a member of the St. Clairsville Area Chamber of Commerce and treasurer of the True Sportsman’s Club at Jacobsburg. He serves on the NRA Banquet Committee and the Ruffed Grouse Society Banquet Committee. His hobbies are hunting and fishing.

Toothman Funeral Home was established at Jacobsburg in 1909 by Willis L. “Doc” Toothman, Wilson Toothman’s grandfather, in partnership with William Taylor. In 1963, a St. Clairsville location was added to the business.

Today, Wilson’s son Jeff Toothman is president of the company, marking the fourth generation of the family to operate the business.

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