November 26, 2017 at 2:00pm

James Wilson Memorial for James Wilson ’50

WASHINGTON - James R. Wilson, 92, of Washington passed away Sunday, November 26, 2017, at Heartland Healthcare Center-Riverview.

He was born on November 12, 1925, in Decatur, IL, the son of Orville and Eunice Wilson. He married Bettye Long on August 30, 1947, in Harvey, IL. She passed away on February 9, 2015, in Peoria.

One brother, Robert Wilson; and one sister, Helen Furr, also preceded him in death.

Surviving are one son, Michael (Gayanne) Wilson of Metamora; one grandson, Nathan Wilson of Washington; and one granddaughter, Erika Wilson of Decatur, IL.

A U.S. Army Air Corp Veteran serving from 1943 until his honorable discharge in 1945. Jim flew on a B-29 Superfortress "Peachy" and was part of the 505th Bombardment Group stationed at Northern Mariana Islands, being stationed at North Field, Tinian. He flew 32 combat missions, including air support during the signing of the instrument of surrender by the Empire of Japan on the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.

After his honorable service, he attended Millikin University in Decatur, IL, and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business Administration. Jim then earned his Master's Degree in Industrial Psychology from the University of Utah. He worked for Caterpillar Tractor Co. from 1951 until his retirement in 1986 as a Personnel Manager.

Jim and his wife were life members of Mt. Hawley Country Club in Peoria, where they were avid golfers. They enjoyed many things in life, but especially traveling with their golf clubs in tow.

Funeral services for Jim will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at Mason-White Funeral Home, with Pastor Jeff Browning officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to his service, also at the funeral home. Burial will follow his service at Glendale Cemetery in Washington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Peoria in his honor.

To share memories and condolences with the family, visit www.masonfuneralhomes.com.

Published in Peoria Journal Star from Nov. 27 to Nov. 29, 2017.

Class Year: 
1950