Howard Austin Wilson

October 24, 1934November 2, 2013
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Howard Austin “Bud” Wilson, 79, of Bloomington, passed away peacefully at his home with his wife and children by his side.

Howard was born to the late Anna E. (Wells) and Harvey Austin Wilson, October 24, 1934 in Bloomington, Indiana. Howard graduated from Bloomington High School in 1952. He married Doris J. Frye in 1957 and they lived together in Bloomington, Indiana.

Howard loved people and devoted his career to public service. Shortly after graduating from Bloomington High School, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served his country during the Korean War and met some of the men who were to become his best lifelong friends. Upon completing his term of military service, he served the Bloomington community as a proud member of the Bloomington Police Department from 1957 through his retirement as Assistant Chief in 1987, during which he was awarded the first Policeman-Of-The-Year award in 1961 “for his consistent efficiency and devotion to duty”. Having more to give to the community, Howard returned to work as an investigator for the State of Indiana Medical Licensing Board and then served as bailiff for the Monroe Circuit Court until he finally retired in 1998.

Howard was an active member of the Sherwood Oaks Christian Church where he served as a Deacon. He was a member of the AMVETS Post 2000, the American Legion and a past member of the Gideon’s International. He loved spending time with his family, traveling and working outdoors.

Howard is survived by his loving wife Doris Jean(Frye)Wilson, two children: Cindy(John)Walker of Ellettsville, Bill Wilson of Bloomington and his sister: Marie(Elvin)Jones. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Carrie(Jason)Terrell of Hendricksville, John Robert Walker and Jacob Walker of Ellettsville and Rachel Wilson of Bloomington. Howard was also blessed with two great-grandchildren: Brooklyn and Andrew Terrell of Hendricksville.

Howard was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Mildred Stewart.

Viewing will be at Deremiah-Frye Mortuary beginning at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, November 7, 2103 with the service following at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Valhalla Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 50 E. 91st Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240.

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  • Visitation Thursday, November 7, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 7, 2013

Howard Austin Wilson

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Jimmy Ratcliff

November 7, 2013

Sorry to hear of Howard's passing. I always enjoyed saying hello to him at Kroger South when I was in there shopping.

November 6, 2013

Doris and Children...Fond memories of Howard. He was a fine man. He will be missed. May God be with you and yours at this time.

Calvin and Mary Crohn

Bill and Nancy Cowden

November 6, 2013

We are so sorry about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Michele Crail

November 6, 2013

I am so sorry to hear the lost of Howard Austin Wilson. My god be with your family in this needed time and help you heal. My prayers are with you and your family right now.

Michelle Hays Lattimore

November 5, 2013

I am so sad to learn of Howard's death. What great memories I have of him and your family, we had some fun times together. Howard was a wonderful man and he will be missed.

Love and prayers for you all.

November 5, 2013

Cindy, I am so sorry for your loss, You and your family are in our prayers Love David and Donna

donald waldrip

November 5, 2013

sorry for your loss Don&Judy Waldrip

Pamela Lentz

November 4, 2013

My condolences to the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.