Vern Wilson

Vern Wilson, 81, of Astoria, died at 6:54 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1999, at Graham Hospital in Canton.

He was born Feb. 18, 1917, in Canton, a son of Henry J. and Nancy Estella Lingenfelter Wilson. He married Ada L. Leezer on Nov. 22, 1939, in Palmyra, Mo. She survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Glenn (Donna) Gearing of Macomb and Mrs. Dale (Beverly) Richardson of Bartonville; two sisters, Dortha Carson of Farmington and Mrs. Albert (Bertha) McKinley of Lewistown; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

One brother and two sisters preceded him in death.

During World War II, he helped build Camp Ellis. He then was a grinder for four years at International Harvester in Canton and later at Ken-Ray Foundry in Vermont. In 1954, he founded Wilson’s Lumber Mill in rural Astoria. He and his wife owned Bunny Hop Rabbitry, which provided rabbits to the Fulton County Fair for eight years. He was superintendent of Astoria Landfill for four years. He was also a farmer all his life.

Services were held Sunday at Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel in Rushville with Rev. Greg Parker officiating. Burial was in Woodland Cemetery near Astoria.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospial or Astoria Fire and Rescue.

From the Peoria Journal Star.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 2/24/1999

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