Samuel F. Wilson, 87, of Washington C.H. died Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at 7:55 p.m. at his residence. He had been in failing health.
Sam was born April 23, 1925, at Samantha in Highland County, Ohio to Russell Wilbur and Catherine Welty Wilson. Following the death of his mother, he was reared by his grandparents, Frank and Sally Welty and lived most of his life in this community.
He was a commercial printer by trade. In 1951 he and Robert Bishop founded the Bishop-Wilson Printing Company. Following Bob’s retirement, Sam Hedges became a partner and they operated the business as Wilson-Hedges Printing Company until its sale in 1989.
Sam was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church where he had served as an usher, trustee and member of the administrative council. He was a member of Fayette Lodge F & AM #107; 32nd Degree Masons, Valley of Columbus; Aladdin Temple Shrine and the Washington Shrine Club. He was a World War II Army veteran and a member of Paul H. Hughey Post #25 of the American Legion and the former Burnett-Ducey Post #4964 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Wilson and Russell Wilson, Jr.; by three sisters, Evelyn Cook, Frances Blair and Olive Mae Botts and three half brothers.
He is survived by his wife, the former Norma J. Burr whom he married June 5, 1947; two daughters and sons-in-law, Vicki and Dale Lynch of Washington Court House and Julie and Don Bower of Athens, GA; four grandchildren, Ryan Lynch and his wife, Kelli, Zack Lynch and his wife, Jennifer, all of Washington Court House, Emily Bower of San Antonio, TX, Eve Bower and her husband, Meng Fei of Atlanta, GA; five great grandchildren, Eli, Ellie, Madeline, Evan and Mollie Lynch; three sisters-in-law, Helen Ross of Washington Court House, Betty Morris of Indianapolis and Marilene Burr of Washington Court House and several nieces and nephews.
The Masonic service followed by the funeral will be held Monday, December 3, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at the Grace United Methodist Church. Pastor Mick Wistler, minister at the church and Mell Wickensimer, director of visitation, will preside. Burial will follow in the Washington Cemetery.
Friends may call at the church from noon Monday until the time of the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church, 301 East Market Street or Hospice of Fayette County, Inc., P.O. Box 849, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House.