Brian “Howdy” Wampler, age 43, of Lancaster, went on to his heavenly home on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at the OSU James Cancer Hospital.
He was born Aug. 17, 1973, in Columbus.
Brian was a 1992 graduate of Marion Franklin High School and Northwest Career Center, where he received his certification in auto mechanics and small engine repair. He was a former employee of Speedy Muffler Man, where he received his certification as an ASE auto mechanic. He was also a former employee of Taylor Chevrolet in Lancaster, where he received his certification as a GM certified technician. He was employed at Jackson Auto Services in Carroll until his illness prevented him from doing so. He loved working on cars and was everyone’s “go to” mechanic.
He gave his life to the Lord at 15 and lived his life singing and playing his guitar for God. He served as a deacon and trustee at Reese Community Baptist Church, where he had been a member since 1989.
He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Penny (Fairchild); he was an amazing father to Jonathan and David Wampler and Tyler (Stacey) Williamson. He is also survived by his loving parents, Ike and Diane Wampler of Circlevile; sisters, Heather Roark and Katrina (DJ) Faiella; brothers, River Roark and Jon (Issa) Bialy; and numerous friends, family, and four-legged companions.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Poppie and Mimmie Wampler, Grandma Bert and Virginia Bigler; and in-laws, Curt and Opal Fairchild.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Southwest Freewill Baptist Church, 1542 Greenleaf Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43223, where the family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Penny and the boys in care of Patty Dunn, 503 Tallman St., Groveport, OH 43125.
Arrangements by Cook & Son-Pallay Funeral Home, Columbus. Visit www.cookandsonpallay.com.
This article originally appeared on The Pickaway News Journal