Jerry E. Wilson

Jerry E. Wilson lived beyond limitation. His creative and intuitive mind was never satisfied to be satisfied.

A gifted musician, talented golfer and inventive motorcyclist, Jerry’s innovative mind kept him thinking resourcefully.

Jerry passed peacefully into the Lord’s care Thursday evening June 29, 2017 from Winchester Terrace. He was 93.

Born Jan. 28, 1924 in Bryan, Ohio to Earl and Orel (Fewell) Wilson, and graduated from LaPorte (Indiana) High School.

A World War II Army Air Corps veteran, Jerry served with the 530th Bomb Squad and 380th Bomb Squad, “The Flying Circus.” He remained a life member of American Legion Post #535, in Bellville.

He worked at The Mansfield Tire & Rubber Company and later for the Madison School District.

He was a lifelong member of the musician's union, who played tenor sax. Most weekends he could be heard playing jazz, blues or Dixieland with the Nat Tridico Trio. Although he couldn’t read music, Jerry could play anything by ear – please don’t ask him to sing!

A member of the American Motorcycle Association, Jerry was nationally ranked as a flat track dirt racer during the early 1940s and 50s. His motorcycle designs of that day are now accepted as commonplace.

A serious golfer, Jerry played leagues at Little Apple, and The Woods. He made his own clubs and was skilled at golf instruction. He was always happy to take your “skins.”

A member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church, he is survived by his daughter Jeanne (David) Berry, of Lucas; sons Steve (Candace) Wilson, of Tallahassee, Florida, John (Lesley) Wilson, of Waco, Texas, and Terry (LeAnn) Wilson, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, grandchildren Michelle (Teri Sweatt) Berry, of Waco, Texas, Maureen Dellerba, of Chesapeake, Virginia, Wendy (Chris) Ellis, of Franklin, Tennessee, Whitney (Mike) Krystallis and Wade Wilson, all of Tallahassee, Florida, Sierra (Chris) Corley, of Chicago, Illinois, Nicole (Ben) Smith, of Silverdale, Washington, and Matthew (Christa) Wilson, of Peyton, Colorado; great grandchildren Xavier Berry, Carter and Hailey Dellerba, Parker and Corbin Ellis, Zachary and Angelina Smith; sisters Margie Hudspeth, of Texas, Glenna (Don) Jameson, of Texas, Dottie Sue Keaton, of Wisconsin; nieces, nephews, and a large extended family.

He was preceded in death by his wife Jan (Snyder) Wilson in 2012 and a brother-in-law David Hudspeth.

The Wilson family will receive friends Wednesday, July 5, 2017 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. Pastor Bonnie Peltomaa will officiate. Burial will follow in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, where American Legion Post #535 will hold graveside military honors.

In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory to Bellville American Legion may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Wilson family. Send them a message of sympathy – or watch Jerry’s tribute video – online at:

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