PAUL W. WILT 80, of 138 Independence Ct. Sidney and former Botkins resident, passed away Tuesday, May 13, 2008 at his residence.
He was born on September 13, 1927 in Dinsmore Twp. the son of the late Clarence and Clara (Fogt) Wilt.
In 1950 he married Carol Ann (Henkener) Wilt who preceded him in death on August 10,1979. He is survived by 1 Son, William Wilt and his wife Diana of Botkins, OH. 2 Daughters, Karen Vikre of Powell, OH. and Debra and husband Robert Kozyak of Caseyville, IL. 7 Grandchildren, Kendra Wilt, Gina (Rigo) Monzalvo, Liza (David) Sharp, Noelle (Patrick) Espy, Robyn Vikre, Eric Vikre and Justin Kozyak. 3 Great Grandchildren, Natalia Cruz, Christian Monzalvo and Elle Espy.
2 Sisters, Mrs.Robert (Doris) Rotterman of Kettering, OH. and Esther Mannix of Dayton, OH. and his wife Nancy (Hewitt) Wilt.
Mr.Wilt was preceded in death by 2 Brothers, Roger and Kenneth Wilt and 1 Sister, Evelyn Mosier.
Paul owned and operated Harry's Paint Shop and Wilt Homes in Botkins for 32 years, before retiring in 1982. He moved to Sidney and established Wilt Quarter Horses and spent many years raising and showing registered American Quarter Horses.
He was an avid player of league baseball as a young man before he enlisted in the US Army in March of 1946.Paul served in the Counter Intelligence Corp. in Japan, reporting directly to General MacArthur.
Paul was a member of the St.Paul Lutheran Church in Botkins, the Sidney American Legion Post #217 and the Sidney VFW Post. He was a life member and an approved judge for the American Quarter Horse Assoc., Palomino Horse Breeders Assoc. and the National Reining Horse Assoc. He was also a member of the National Snaffle Bit Assoc.and the Ohio Quarter Horse Assoc.He was past president of OQHA and a tri-chairman for 17 years of the largest single breed horse show in the world, the All American Quarter Horse Congress, held in Columbus annually. He was also a National Director and Honorary Vice President for the American Quarter Horse Assoc. and had been inducted into the Ohio Quarter Horse Hall of Fame.
Funeral Services will be held Monday at 10:30 A.M. at the St.Paul Lutheran Church, Botkins,OH. with the Rev. Robert Carter and Dr. Keith Wagner officiating.
Burial will be at Loramie Valley Cemetery in Botkins. Friends may call on Sunday from 1 to 5 P.M. at the Cromes Funeral Home 302 S.Main Ave. Sidney,OH.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest that Memorials be made to the St.Paul Lutheran Church building fund in memory of Paul W. Wilt. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed to the Wilt family at our website, www.cromesfh.com