Walter L. Wilson, 88, of Bloomfield, passed away at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009 at his home, surrounded by family. He lost a lengthy battle with cancer.
Born May 29, 1921 in Owensburg, he was the son of James Alva and Hermie (Sullivan) Wilson.
He graduated from Owensburg High School with the class of 1939 and attended Depauw University for two years before entering the U.S. Navy. During World War II, he served as Lieutenant Commander and a pilot. Upon his return to Greene County he met and married, Lula Mae Street. They had 60 years together before her passing in September, 2007.
Walter was an active member of the Bloomfield First Christian Church, Bloomfield Odd Fellows #457, Solsberry Masonic Lodge #411, Indianapolis Murat Shriners, Bloomington York Rite, Fraternal Order of Police, American Legion Post #196, Eastern Star #538 and the "Old Newberry Vets Club."
Walter served as president and a member of the Bloomfield Town Board for 16 years, Crane Toastmasters Club and was presently serving on the Board of Directors of the Bloomfield Housing Authority.
He was retired from Crane after years of working as an engineer in boiler operations. His hobby was woodworking and helping others. Walter's family knew him as a devoted father, Papaw and a friend to those who needed advice or help, all of whom admired his caring and truthful way of living.
He is survived by three sons and two daughter-in-laws, Michael and Pat Wilson and Mark Wilson of Bloomfield, Charles and Peg Wilson of Iowa and son-in-law Art Turriff of Maryland. His six granddaughters were the "apples of his eyes." Adrienne and Jeff McCracken of Bloomfield, Christina and Michael Micioni of New York, Sarah and Joe Pichler, Amy Turriff, all of Maryland, Beth Wilson of Bloomfield and Leslie Wilson of Wisconsin.
He is also survived by two step-granddaughters, Charlotte and Kristina of Iowa; one great-granddaughter, Madelyn Mae McCracken and six step-great grandchildren, Brandon, Morgan, Kane, Eden, Whitney and Hannah of Iowa; a sister and brother-in-law, Pat and Lavon Yoho of Solsberry, sister-in-law, Reba Street of Bloomfield and sister-in-law, Cornelia Street of Indianapolis.
Along with his wife, Lula Mae and his parents, he is preceded in death by his daughter, Marsha Turriff, great-grandson, Jacob McCracken and brother, Virgil Wilson.
Funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday, November 8, 2009 at the First Christian Church in Bloomfield, with Rev. Dave Wilde officiating. Interment will be in Dishman Cemetery in rural Springville.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Jenkins & Sons Funeral Home in Bloomfield and one-hour prior to services Sunday at the church. Bloomfield Odd Fellows #457 service will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
As a special request of the deceased and his family, in lieu of flowers, any memorial contributions can be made to the Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation in care of Jenkins & Sons Funeral Home.
Online condolences to the family are available at www.jenkinsfuneralhomes.com.