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Howard T. Deacon

January 28, 1922 August 17, 2011
Howard T. Deacon
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Howard Thomas Deacon, DVM also known to friends and family as “Deac” or “Doc”, of Eaton, OH passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2011, at Vancrest of Eaton at the age of 89.  He was born January 28, 1922, in Bellaire (Pike County), OH to the late Floyd and Madge (Brawley) Deacon.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Emily (Benson) Deacon, his parents, his brother Raymon Deacon, brother -in-law Paul Hollinger and great grandson Jacob Deacon. Howard graduated from New Madison High School in 1940 and The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1945. He served as a Captain in the US Army Veterinary Medical Corps from 1946 to 1948. Following his discharge from the Army he and his wife Emily came to Eaton where he started a decades-long large and small animal Veterinary practice, retiring in 1989. During those years he was active in both the Ohio and the American Veterinary Medical Associations.   He served as a member of the Eaton School Board from1954 to 1969 and from 1990 to 1995. He maintained an active interest in the Eaton City Schools and was involved in many projects supporting the school system throughout his years.  He was a founding member of the Preble County Humane Society.   He was an active member of the Eaton United Church of Christ and its choir for many years. He was a member of both the Lions and the Investor’s Clubs. Howard is survived by his daughter Christine Deacon of Eaton, sons and daughters-in-law Philip and Cris Deacon of Eaton, Thomas and Naomi Deacon of California, and Bradley and Jill Deacon of Arizona; grandchildren Bryan (wife Kelley) Deacon, Andrea (husband Kyle) Kolopanis, Carrie (husband Eric) Laspe, Nicole Deacon, William Deacon, Sean Deacon, Hannah Deacon and Kyle Deacon; and 4 great grandchildren, Emma, Madison, Bryan Michael & Cadence, sisters Doris Hollinger, Ruth Deacon, and  Helen (C. William) Swank & numerous nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held at 3:00 P.M., Sunday, August 21, 2011, at the Eaton United Church of Christ, 113 West Decatur Street, Eaton, OH with Rev. Roger Stine officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 – 8 P.M. on Saturday, August 20, 2011, at the Girton Schmidt & Boucher Gard Funeral Home, 226 West Main Street, Eaton, OH and one hour prior to services on Sunday at the Church. Interment will be at Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton, at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Preble County Humane Society, Eaton United Church of Christ or to the Eaton Community Schools, 312 North Barron Street, Eaton, OH 45320 for use in the high school library. Online condolences and other remembrances may be sent to the family by visiting

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