June, 2016

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James Robert Wilson, 73, of Glen Ellyn

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

wilsonJames Robert Wilson, 73, of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, passed away Sunday May 29, 2016 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  Jim was born in Jackson, TN on October 26, 1942 to Robert Warren Wilson and Geneva Carruth.  He graduated from K. D. McKellar grammar school in Milan, TN, then moved with his family to the Chicago area and graduated from J. Sterling Morton East High School, Cicero, IL in 1960.  He enlisted in the United States Air Force from August 1960 to May 1965, stationed both at Goose Bay, Labrador, and Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota where his daughter was born.  After his discharge from the Air Force, Jim was employed at International Harvester while attending college on the GI Bill.

Jim was a history buff and an avid reader, a master of all things trivia, and a loyal member of U.A.W. Local 688.  He enjoyed working crossword puzzles, visits to the Morton Arboretum, Art Institute, museums and an occasional trip to Arlington Park to bet that hunch.  He also was a lucky pup at playing the Illinois lottery, but was first and foremost a huge Chicago Bears fan, and was lucky enough to have watched them play during some of their finest moments.  And yet his best and most treasured times were those spent with family and close friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Merrideth Dillard in 2015.  He is survived by his wife Donna (Stranich) Wilson; two children, daughter Shelly Wilson and husband Mitchell Burzynski of Denver, Colorado; son David Wilson of Downers Grove, Illinois; David’s children Jacob and Madeline Wilson; nephew Steven (Leann) Dillard of Tennessee, niece Jenny Lynn (Jeremy) Baldwin of Tennessee, and many great-nieces and nephews; special brother-in-law and friend to Dan (Joyce) Stranich of Wilmington, IL and Marianne Stranich of Chicago, IL.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00AM on Monday, June 13, 2016, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, 20953 W. Hoff Rd., Elwood, IL  60421.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Salvation Army, one of Jim’s favorite charities.