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Richard Thomas Wilson Sr.
Richard Thomas Wilson Sr., 86, of Taylorville, passed away Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 10:50 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He was born March 19, 1928 in Taylorville, IL. The son of Abraham and Thelma (Rine) Wilson. He married Jean Gibbs on February 29, 1948 in Taylorville, IL. He retired from Borg Warner where he worked as a Machinist and a tool and die maker. Earlier in life, he had also worked as a machinist for the C&IM Railroad. He was a member of the Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville, a life-member of the Masonic Mound Lodge #122 A.F.&A.M., member of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, Springfield Consistory, Order of the Eastern Star and the Ansar Shrine. Richard was an outstanding athlete during his high school career at Taylorville High School and received a full scholarship to Beloit College in both Basketball and Football. He was a huge Taylorville Tornadoes and Chicago Cubs fan. Most of all, he loved his family.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Wilson of Taylorville, IL; son, Rich Wilson Jr. of Taylorville, IL; granddaughters, Laura (Steve) Benson of Mt. Vernon, NY, Heather (Jeb) Odam of Taylorville, IL and Maureen (Arby) Wise of Carlinville, IL; great grandchildren Robert and John Benson, Ava and Baron Odam and Ella and Beau Wise; sisters, Madeline (Laverne) Eson of Taylorville, IL and Beverly (Joe) Susnig of Jerseyville, IL along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Robert Wilson and his daughter-in-law Chris Wilson.
Memorial service will be held at 12:00 noon Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville with Rev. Bill Kerns officiating. Inurnment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL. Visitation will be held Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 10:00 AM until the time of services at the church with a Masonic Rites service provided by Mound Lodge #122 at 11:45 AM.
Memorials may be made to the Davis Memorial Christian Church, 1500 West Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.
Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville.
So sorry to hear of the passing of your dad.
John T. Buesinger Feb 24 2015 12:00 AM
Please accept my sympathy. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Penny Osborn Feb 16 2015 12:00 AM
Jean and family, so sorry to hear of Rich's passing. He was such a nice man. We will miss him.
Don and Sherrie Torricelli Feb 13 2015 12:00 AM
Thinking of you and your family during this time of loss.
Susie Barr Feb 12 2015 12:00 AM
Rich and family,
Sympathy for you and your family at this time of loss. I remember both of your parents from elementary school days. I know your family will find comfort in memories.
Kathleen Springgate Seibel Feb 11 2015 12:00 AM
Rich and family,
We were so sorry to hear about your Dad. It seems like it wasn't long ago that I visited with him at Kroger's. He was always so friendly! Dave remembers him way back when he played baseball.
Cherish the memories! You are all in our thoughts and prayers!!
Dave, Marylee and Blake Babbs
Dave, Marylee & Blake Babbs Feb 11 2015 12:00 AM
Our families were friends since the 50's when Richie and I used to play Daniel Boone together outside his Grandma's house. Lots of great times and Rich was always genuinely kind and so pleasant! I'll always remember those rides to Hewitt School on snowy mornings! Condolences to the family at this time of great loss.
Christine Harvell Manzi Feb 11 2015 12:00 AM
Jean and Rich, Pat and are so sorry to hear about Rich. Know that we are thinking of you and that you are in our prayers.
Gene and Pat McCollum Feb 10 2015 12:00 AM
Jean, my sincere condolences.
E. Harry Ofverstedt Feb 10 2015 12:00 AM
Deepest sympathy Rich. Your parents were two of the nicest people I remember from the old neighborhood. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Linda Kuntzman Feb 10 2015 12:00 AM