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The Department of Animal Sciences recently lost two members of its community, Dale Shawk and Cynthia Sue Wilson.

Dale Herman Shawk, 57, of rural Bucyrus died December 11, 2017 at his farm from injuries sustained in a work accident.

He was born in Bucyrus on January 18, 1960 to Donald and Nancy (Wolf) Shawk. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Colonel Crawford High School in 1978. He was active in 4-H and FFA as a youth and supported both organizations throughout his life as a parent, advisor and livestock judge. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in Animal Sciences from The Ohio State University and was a member of the 1980 Livestock Judging Team.

His obituary can be found in the Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum.

The following remembrance for Cynthis Sue Wilson came from Dr. James Kinder:

I received word of the recent passing of Mrs. Cindy Wilson (obituary for Cynthia Sue Wilson). She and her husband, Gary, have been long time beef producers on the family farm near Zanesville and active leaders with the Ohio Cattleman’s Association. Gary was the Manager of the Ohio State Don Scott Beef Unit for many years. He subsequently joined the staff of the National Cattleman’s Beef Association and worked with the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

There were many of us who enjoyed the great hospitality and comradeship of the Wilsons when Gary was with Ohio State and subsequently when he was in his leadership roles with the NCBA, OCA and ODA. For those who are acquainted with the Wilsons, I hope you will keep Gary and the family in your thoughts as they deal with the passing of their loved one.