Findlay native inducted into Livestock Marketeers Hall of Fame

From left to right: Neil Orth, Chuck Grove, Tommy Barnes, Stuart Wilson, Kim Wolfe (received a distinguished service award), Jack Lowderman, Kevin Wendt and John Meents.

The Livestock Marketeers — An informal fraternity of livestock fieldmen, auctioneers, sale managers and related livestock business leaders met earlier this year for their 54th Annual Banquet at the National Western Club in Denver.

The event was hosted by American Live Stock; master of ceremonies was J. Neil Orth, Executive Vice President of the American-International Charolais Association and 1984 Hall of Fame inductee.

The Livestock Marketeers group was formed in 1965 by Harry Green, Ross Miller and Claud Willett. Their purpose was to establish a fraternal organization of livestock professionals, and to make annual awards to encourage younger members of the industry to succeed in their chosen profession.

Among those inducted to the group's Hall of Fame was Stuart Wilson, who grew up on a purebred livestock and grain farm near Findlay, where he raised Shorthorn cattle and Poland China hogs. He was active in both 4-H and FFA showing at the local, state, and national levels. He was a member of the 1966 Illinois State FFA winning livestock judging team which placed second in the national contest at the American Royal.

Stuart graduated from Western Illinois University in 1971 with a BS in animal science. While at WIU, he was the founding president of the Alpha Gamma Sigma fraternity, and a member of Block and Bridle. He was on Western’s highly successful livestock judging team in 1970. Graduate work followed at the University of Missouri.

In 1971, Stuart began his career as a field representative for The Shorthorn World. He was the publisher of the magazine at the time it was sold in 1976. In 1972, he became an insurance agent for American Live Stock Insurance Company/Harding and Harding. In 1973, he formed Stuart Wilson Sale Management which managed cattle sales throughout the United States and Canada for over four decades.

In 2006, Stuart joined American Live Stock Insurance Company/Harding and Harding as the manager of the cattle department. Today he is the manager and head underwriter for the Livestock Division of American Live Stock, a subsidiary of Markel Services, Inc.

Stuart and his wife, Ann, reside on the family farm near Findlay. They have a daughter, Robyn, and a granddaughter, Avery. Stuart and Ann have been married 45 years, and they are both active members of the Findlay United Methodist Church.

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