CLINTON — Joseph L. Wilson, 93, of Clinton, Ill., passed away at 5:15 a.m. on March 18, 2013 at his family residence.
A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at Calvert’s, Rev. Benjamin Keller officiating. Interment will be at Oak Park Cemetery, Clinton.
Memorials may be made to the Clinton Country Club Junior Golf Program, the Clinton Community YMCA or the Clinton Presbyterian Church.
Joe was born on June 22, 1919 in Merna, Ill., son of Channing Wilson and Mary Alice Marshall. He married Lois Van Dyke on February 17, 1938 in Bloomington, Ill. She passed away on January 23, 2009.
Survivors include sons David (Jane) Wilson, Kingsland, Ga. and Steve (Karol) Wilson, Clinton; six grandchildren Jim (Tonya) Wilson, Hartville, Mo; Kristine (Scott) Stamp, Reed Springs, Mo.; Brody and Brock Wilson, Clinton; Hunter Austin, Springfield, Mo., and Amanda DeGuair, Kona, Hawaii, and eight great- grandchildren. His parents and one sister preceded him in death.
Joe was a veteran of WWII. After the war, he started work at Shell gas station, which he later owned and operated. Joe then opened Wilson Chrysler-Jeep, in Clinton, in 1953, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. He was a member of the Clinton Country Club, Clinton Masonic Lodge, Clinton Elks Lodge, Clinton Presbyterian Church, and was a member of the veterans’ honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Joe was honored as the 2011 Grand Marshal of the Clinton Chamber Christmas parade.
Joe was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing golf until he was 92; he loved playing poker every Thursday night with his poker buddies at the Elks, was a Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed going to the movies, reading and dining out. Joe was a loving father, and grandfather. He will be greatly missed.
The family extends a special thank you to all the special ladies with "Home Helper's", and Linda Moore who took such great care of Joe over these last few months. Joe's greatest accomplishment: "he never retired."
Online condolences may be offered at www.calvertmemorial.com .