Richard Forrest Wilson

September 9, 1931February 27, 2019

Richard Forrest Wilson of Fort Wayne died peacefully Wednesday, February 27, 2019. Born in 1931, in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Forrest and Helen Wilson. Richard was a 1949 graduate of South Side High School. After graduation he attended Butler University where he was a member of Lamdba Chi Alpha fraternity and received his BS of Business degree in 1955.

Richard served in the US Army in the Occupation Forces in Germany from 1955 through 1957. When he returned he was employed by the Honeywell Company of Fort Wayne and Indianapolis. In 1959 Richard wed Patricia Ann McComb, whom he met at a University Club dance when he asked the “pretty blonde” to dance.

In 1962, Richard co-founded Pyromation Inc., a Fort Wayne manufacturer of temperature sensors. He served as president of Pyromation Inc. until his retirement in 1996. During this time, Richard became the holder of patents in the temperature measurement field and was an active member of the Instrument Society of America.

Richard was an avid tennis player most of his life. The tennis court at his family home was the site of weekly Sunday doubles matches with his neighbors and friends. He enjoyed playing in the USTA Leagues at Wildwood Tennis Club and in 1997 Dick’s 3.5 Seniors doubles team won State, Midwest Regionals, and continued on to USTA Nationals, finishing in second place.

Richard is survived by daughter Sarah E. Wilson, son Peter C. Wilson, daughter in law Melani Wilson, and three grandchildren, Molly, Madeline, and Carter Wilson - to whom he was affectionately known as Papa. He is preceded in death by his wife Patricia.

The Wilson family will have a private Celebration of Life with family and friends at a future date to be determined.

Memorials in lieu of flowers can be made to: Euell A Wilson Center, Inc 1512 Oxford Street, Fort Wayne, IN, 46806 260-456-2917


  • Private Celebration of Life with family and friends at a future date to be determined.

Richard Forrest Wilson

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Denise Feasby

March 2, 2019

I met Dick and Pat in 1986 when I was hired at Pyromation. The Wilsons made us feel like family. Memories of company bus trips, BBQs and the most wonderful Christmas party’s. Their generosity also extended to my children in the form of summer jobs and scholarships. He will be missed.