Kindness, gentleness, love, and faithfulness to the talents God has blessed you with is the legacy left by Ernest Howard Wilson when he left this earthly life October 24, 2008.
Ernie was born January 12, 1922 to Lucy and Frank Wilson. His younger years were spent helping on the family farm. He graduated from Gibisonville High School in 1940 with honors in academics and basketball.
Ernie was united in marriage to Pauline V. Schaefer on July 11, 1942. They celebrated 66 years of marriage this past July. During the early part of their marriage, Ernie was enlisted in the Army Air Force as an airplane mechanic. He received and honorable discharge in 1947.
After his discharge from the military, Ernie worked factory jobs, sometimes two jobs at once, to provide his family with a good start. In the early 1950?s he began working at Borg-Warner and eventually worked his way up to plant superintendent. He retired from Borg-Warner, and then Rex-Roth after many years.
Before his retirement, Ernie and Polly started Wilson?s Orchard outside of Smithville and retired from the orchard in the late 90?s.
Ernie was a 4th degree Knights of Columbus and served as Grand Knight for the Wooster Assembly. He spent countless hours on the Measure Up Campaign until failing health forced him to stop. He was also a member of the Wooster American Legion.
He was a member of St. Barbara Catholic Church, 2813 Lincoln Way North West, Massillon, Ohio, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday Oct. 28, 2008 at 10:00 A.M. with Rev. Thomas Cebula officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the Mass at the church.
Ernie is survived by his loving wife Pauline of Smithville. Children: Lee (Loretta) Wilson of Portage Lakes, and Martha Carney of Smithville. Also surviving are Grandchildren: Karen, Diane, Joyce, Benjamin, Nicholas, and special granddaughter Ashlea, who was with him through his illness. A sister Murna Barringer also survives.
Ernie was preceded in death by brothers Roland, Glenn, and Fred and grandchildren Dean, Matthew, Russell, Stephanie, and Paul.
Ernie was a good and loving father and husband and will be greatly missed by those he left behind.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to McIntire, Davis and Greene Funeral Home 216 E. Larwill St. Wooster Ohio 44691 to help defray expenses.
McIntire, Davis & Greene Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
To the funeral home to defray expenses.
10:00 A.M. Tuesday Oct. 28, 2008 at St. Barbara Catholic Church 2823 Lincoln Way North West, Massillon Ohio
One hour prior to the service at the church