Otto Gilbert Wilson, 84, of Mt. Vernon, died 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, at his home in Mt. Vernon.
He was born Sunday, June 9, 1929, in Belle Rive, the son of Raymond and Vivian (Wilderman) Wilson. He married Joan “Molly” Brittain on June 9, 1960, in Wiesbaden, Germany; she survives in Mt. Vernon.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, Norman Wilson and wife Jennifer of Providence, Ky., Raymond Wilson of Mt. Vernon, John Wilson and wife Mary of Mt. Vernon and Michael Wilson and wife Lisa of Herrin; two daughters, Carol Ann Wilson and husband George of Berlin, Germany and Norma Fairchild and husband Mike of Charleston, S.C.; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Donald Wilson and wife Marian of Deltona, Fla.; two sisters, Lois Wilkerson of Belle Rive and Lila Shelton and husband Jim of Dahlgren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Murrel Wilson; a sister, Betty Gentle; and a great-granddaughter, Cassie Bevins.
Gilbert served our country in the United States Air Force as a tech sergeant until retirement. He then worked as a farmer with his brother and also for the L&N Railroad. Later, he worked as a prison guard at Statesville Prison in Joliet, where he retired. He was a member of the American Legion Post 141 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1376.
Services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with the Rev. Danny Wilson officiating. Interment will be at Cubb Prairie Cemetery in Jefferson County. Members of American Legion Post 141 will conduct full military honors at the cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at Hughey Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon.
For those who wish, memorials may be given to the Hospice of the Good Samaritan or Cubb Prairie Cemetery and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfuneralhome1969.com for further information and to send condolences.