William Franklin Wilson
June 22, 1923 – October 8, 2018
William Franklin Wilson - A Life Well Lived
After a wonderful life of over 95 years, William "Bill" Wilson went to be with the Lord on the morning of October 8, 2018 at home next to his loving wife of 64 years, Delores.
Born on June 22, 1923 in Elmira, New York to Glenn and Jeulena Wilson, Bill graduated from Breesport (NY) High School in 1941. Bill enlisted in and proudly and bravely served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as a B-24 flight engineer with the 484th Bomb Group, 825th Squadron, 15th Air Force, flying 21 combat missions in the European Theater. Bill was proud of his service to his country that he loved, and attended several Bomb Group reunions over the years. As a World War II combat veteran, a few years ago Bill had the honor of traveling to Washington, DC with fellow World War II veterans to visit their memorials as part of the Honor Flight Network.
Following the war, Bill earned his mechanical engineering degree from Rochester (NY) Institute of Technology and embarked on a successful career with Moore Business Forms holding a variety of senior management positions which took him and his family from New York State, to Buckhannon, West Virginia, Toronto Ontario, to Surrey England. Following his retirement in 1982, Bill and Delores moved to Austin, Texas where Bill enjoyed golf and travelling. They ultimately moved to Plano, Texas and then most recently to Rochester Hills, MI.
With a love of reading and and a zest for learning, Bill remained actively engaged in various activities until his final days. With a quick wit and a great sense of humor, Bill was a joy to be around and was a friend to many. He loved spending time with family and friends, always enjoying an engaging conversation and a good laugh. A gentleman and a loyal and honorable man, Bill was an inspiration and a fine role model to his two sons, grandchildren and many people who were fortunate to know him.
A kind and loving husband, father and grandfather, Bill will fondly and lovingly be remembered by his wife Delores, his sons Clark and Stewart, his daughters-in-law Leigh and Ashley, his grandchildren Adam and Allie, his sister Francis Rugaber and her husband Bob, his nephews, and many friends.
"A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time."
- Mark Twain
"In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety."
- Psalm 4:8
- Delores Wilson, Wife
- Clark Wilson, Son
- Stewart Wilson, Son
- Leigh Wilson, Daughter-in-law
- Ashley Wilson, Daughter-in-law
- Adam Martin, Grandson
- Allie Wilson, Granddaughter
- Glenn Wilson, Father
- Jeulena Wilson, Mother
- Francis (Bob) Rugaber, Sister
- Wounded Warriors
- Memorial Gathering Saturday, October 27, 2018
- Memorial Service Saturday, October 27, 2018
William Franklin Wilson
MBF Retiree Group Buckhannon, WV
October 25, 2018
In this time of sadness, we want to express how grateful we feel to have known your loved one and express our deepest sympathies now and in the time ahead.
We met Mr. Wilson, "Bill", when he was appointed our first plant manager at the Buckhannon Plant in May 1963 and regretfully said our farewells in March 1970 when he transferred to Niagara Falls.
He led the way to a growing and successful plant and strove to help each employee on their road to success. He offered encouragement to us; to quote him from a copy of the Buccaan-Ear regarding the list of people that were hired locally and moved upward, "The list is long indeed when we include those who have been upgraded to more responsible positions...to me it is a source of great pride."
He was a very respected man by all with his ready smile and open-door policy that was extended to everyone. He was not only in his office, but was seen frequently in the plant talking, laughing, wanting to learn about employees' concerns, and open to suggestions on how to improve production. He was involved and worked constantly for the betterment of the plant and the employees admired him for that.
Rest in peace, Bill, you came to our plant, our community, and West Virginia as a stranger, but left as a friend to many of us.
October 21, 2018
He fought the good fight, he has run his race, and for him the victor's crown is awarded!
October 21, 2018
My beautiful niece is Bill's granddaughter! What a privilege I shared with Bill and Delores! We will all miss him -- his sense of humor and the wealth of stories he could tell!
Bob & Suzy Crews
October 17, 2018
What a wonderful, kind, caring and interesting man. Such a joy to be around. Even though Bill and Delores moved from our community some years ago we visited for lunch a few times and stayed in touch with Bill via email on almost a daily basis exchanging mutually interesting tidbits of news and other things that we both thought each other should know (and laugh) about. We have so many fond memories of Bill.
When Bill and Delores moved into an assisted-living facility from our community Bill had to decide what to do with dozens of banana boxes filled with all sorts of 'stuff' he was storing from years gone-by. Each banana box was neatly numbered and organized in his garage. I'll never forget asking Bill if he knew what was in each banana box. He looked at me like I was crazy for asking an intelligent man such stupid question. A grin slowly came upon his face as he pulled a little dog-eared, yellowed, spiral notebook out of his shirt pocket. He asked me; "Which banana box do you want to know what's in it?" I said, "How about banana box number 17?" Bill flipped through the pages of his tattered old notebook and said; "Let's see, that box has flat and round metal files, a wood rasp, center punches, lead pencils and a bag of tulip bulbs I dug up decades ago that Delores demanded we keep." We opened banana box number 17 and sure enough; all those things noted in the little spiral notebook were in the box...including the dried-up tulip bulbs that long-since didn't survive the decades of Texas heat. I said; "Bill - it looks like those tulip bulbs didn't make it." Bill said (with a grin on his face); "All they need is a little water."
To all the family - may comfort be with you.
Bill will be missed, but not forgotten...
Rest in Peace friend,
Bob & Suzy Crews