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Friday, August 21, 2009

Tribute to my Great-Uncle Russ

In Loving Memory
Russell W. Wilson
6/14/1920 - 8/16/2009

Russell W. Wilson, age 89, of Franklin, died at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 16, 2009, in Lickingville, Farmington Township, Clarion County, at the home of his son, Russell, with whom he had most recently made his residence.

Born June 14, 1920, in Slippery Rock, Butler County, he was the son of Bert W. and Clara Mabel Wimer Wilson.

He was a 1939 graduate of the Emlenton High School.

Mr. Wilson served in the U.S. Army during World War II, where he was stationed in the South Pacific. He was wounded on the Philippine islands of Leyte and Mindanao, and was a recipient of the Purple Heart Award.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 32 in Oil City.

Mr. Wilson was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church in Oil City.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and cooking. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends at the camp on Sandycreek.

He was employed as a surveyor in the geological department with National Fuel, retiring in 1984 after 33 years of service.

He was married on June 8, 1944 to Eloise M. White, who preceded him in death in 1985. He then married the former Freda R. Bell on July 17, 1986, and she survives.

Also surviving are two children, Russell L. Wilson and wife Paula Wilson of Lickingville, and Sharon A. Faunce and husband Larry of Phoenix, Arizona; a daughter-in-law, Linda Wilson, of Severville, Tennessee; two step-sons, Harold Bell and wife Susan of Franklin and James Bell of Florida; four grandchildren, James C. Wilson and wife Shona of Toccoa, Georgia, Michael J. Wilson of Dempseytown, Thomas A. Hunter and Ryan R. Hunter, both of Phoenix; two step-grandchildren, Brianne Bell and Michael Bell of Franklin; and two great-grandchildren, Nathaniel T. Wilson and Michael Drake Wilson.

Also surviving is a brother, Ray Wilson and wife Barbara of Fredonia, a sister, Alene Heeter and husband William of Rockland, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Richard S. Wilson; two sisters, Pauline Wilson and Ruth Vergis McClelland; and two brothers, Edwin and John Wilson.

Friends will be received Friday (Aug. 21st) from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in the Hile-Best Funeral Home, Inc., 2781 Rte. 257 in Seneca, Cranberry Township.

Funeral services will be held from the funeral home Saturday (Aug. 22nd) at 11 a.m., with Rev. Bruce Davis, pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church in Oil City, officiating.

Military funeral honors will be accorded by the V.E.T.S. Honor Guard of Franklin.

Interment will follow in Sunset Hill Memorial Gardens, Cranberry Township, Venango County.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 5455 North High St., Columbus, OH 43214, or to the American Cancer Society, 10 West Front St., Oil City, PA 16301.

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