The harvest is past, the summer is ended and so Robert Wilson Jr., 88, left this world on Sept. 22, 2016, to his eternal home in Heaven.
Like Fanny Crosby, the blind hymn writer, the first thing he saw with his new perfect eyes, was his Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Born in Olive Hill, Kentucky, on Jan. 25, 1928, to Robert and Myrtle Wilson, he was one of 13 children, of which three remain; Jack Homer (Irene) Wilson, of Mansfield, and sisters, Mildred Sparks Stone, of Butler, and Betty Johnson Miller, of Mansfield.
One of his earliest wishes was to get married and to be a father and grandfather. That wish came true when he married his wife, Lillie Mae (Wyrick) Wilson on Feb. 10, 1951. They shared 65 years together. Their union brought forth four daughters, Nancy (Allen) Knipp, of Mansfield, Sharon (Greg) Donough, of Shelby, Teresa (Jim) Beal, of Bellville, and Rose (James) Pollock, of Mansfield.
His second wish came true when his daughters and their spouses gave him the following grandchildren, Matthew Knipp, Mark (Tammy) Knipp and Heather (Tontoh) Simpson, all of Mansfield, Clinton (Kathryn) Donough, of Seattle, Washington, Alicia (Bryan) Rode, of Galena, Sarah (Josh) Beal-Burton, of Fredericktown, William Pollock, of Cincinnati, and Joshua Pollock, of Bangor, Maine.
Bob was further blessed when he became a great-grandfather, leaving behind 11 great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.
One of his greatest joys was working in his garden. He loved growing anything, flowers, vegetables, but his specialty was Hostas. Besides his family and his garden, his other love was people. He never met a stranger that is why he loved working at MedCentral Hospital, Mansfield. That love for people continued after he retired by serving as a volunteer for over 20 years at the hospital.
He was preceded in death by his parent, Robert and Myrtle Wilson; brothers, Noah Wilson, Woodrow Wilson, and Walter Herbert Wilson; sisters, Lola Wilson, Grace Wilson, Christine Wilson, Maxine Gregory, Kathleen Blevins, and Bessie Flannery Smith; and one granddaughter, Joy Lynn Beal.
Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at Werner Gompf Funeral Services, 1106 Park Ave. East, Mansfield. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at the funeral home, with calling hours starting at 10 a.m. Pastor James Scott will be officiating. Burial will follow at Bellville Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at www.wernergompf.com.