By Martha B. Jacob –
This year’s Grand Marshall for the Ohio Rural Heritage Festival is the Cluxton Family of Ripley.
Tom and Marilyn Cluxton were Ripley High School sweethearts who married in October of 1966. Tom is the son of Clarence and Mildred Cluxton and Marilyn is the daughter of Wilfred and Jeanette Carrington, all from Ripley.
Tom farmed with his father while his wife worked as tobacco marketing recorder for the USDA Farm Service Agency, the Brown County Extension Service, The Brown County Soil and Water Conservation and the Brown County Common Pleas Court. The couple also hosted the Ohio Cattleman’s, Foreign visitors and school groups over the years to promote agriculture.
Raising cattle is the largest part of the farm operation for the Cluxton’s which includes approximately 200 cow/calf pairs. The family has two online cattle auctions a year and some have been sold as far away as California, Texas, Colorado and Louisiana.
The family also raises hay, soybeans, wheat and operate a small feed store.
Both Tom and Marilyn were very active in their community and in their church. They are members of the Brown County Cattlemen, The Ohio Cattlemen and was one of the families to help organize the Moonlight Farmers Farm Bureau Council. Tom has served on the USDA Farm Service Agency board and served on the Brown County Senior Fair board for 32 years and is a past Southern State Co-Op board member.
The couple has three sons, Jeff, Chris and Todd.
Jeff, with his wife Patricia, recently took over the day to day operations of the family farms. Jeff is currently serving on the Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington Board of Education. The couples have two sons, Justin and Jared.
Chris, and his wife Sherri reside in Georgetown and after farming alongside his father full time, now works with the Ohio Department of Transportation. Sherri has been employed with Health Source of Ohio for over 20 years. The couple have two daughters, Casey and Cameron.
Todd and his wife Rachel reside on Bealer Road. Todd became the Brown County Engineer in 2007. Rachel is a teacher at Georgetown Exempted Village School District. The couple have four children, Drew, Carter, Kenley and Presley.
The Cluxton’s believe their success over the years comes from being faithful to the Lord, working together, having strong family values and a passion for agriculture.
Sadly, Tom passed away from a sudden illness earlier this spring leaving the family devastated and feeling a huge void.
“We are proud of our heritage and hope to continue the strong values that Tom instilled in us all,” said Chris Cluxton.