Emil E. Wilson Sr.

December 31, 1932 ‒ May 28, 2017

Fairview Heights, Illinois
Formerly of Delaware, Ohio

Emil E. Wilson Sr., 84, of Fairview Heights, IL, born December 31, 1932, in Delaware, Ohio, died Sunday, May 28, 2017, with his family by his side.

Mr. Wilson was retired E9 from the Air Force serving 28 years. Afterwards he earned a degree in Psychology and worked as a counselor for Belleville Mental Health for ten years. He retired to a life of volunteer work serving on several executive boards to include the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Willa Mae Wilson; and brother, Ronald.

Emil is survived by his wife, Haruko “Cha”, and their three children, Emil Jr. (Debra), Kimberly (David), and Lydia (Dan); grandsons, Michael Sr. (Nicole), Emil III, Samuel “Sam”; granddaughters, Rachel and Elsa; great grandsons, Michael Jr. and Jonathan; sister, Richie Dean; step-granddaughter and step-grandson, Dusty (Jim) and Kenneth (Jessica) with children; nieces and nephews, Ronald, John, Ruth, Marci (Justin), Tanya, Linda, and Rick, and a host of beloved cousins.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 10:30 am at Oak Grove Cemetery, 334 S. Sandusky Street, Delaware where the Delaware County Veterans Association will provide military honors. The family will then host a reception in the Snyder Rodman Community Room, 101 Valleyside Drive (formerly 1510 W. William Street), Delaware.

The Snyder Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is honored to serve this veteran and his family.

To share a fond memory of Emil or to offer a condolence to his family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • What a wonderful man-smart-caring-giving. BMH was a better clinic because of Emil. The city of Belleville benefited because of Emil’s knowledge, beliefs and dedication.

    I am a better person because of Emil.

    Ruth Sponsler

  • Emil, or as I called him, IMOS, was a wonderful man and father figure. I was blessed to have worked for him for a number of years, but knew him best as a “friend”. I will never forget how he always had advice to give, even if I didn’t always want to listen. SMILE. I knew he had my best interest at heart. He will never be forgotten. The world was a better place with him here!!! Now Heaven gets to have him. Love you IMOS!!!!

  • I am saddened to hear of Emil’s death. If one is honored and remembered by the good they have done Emil is there. He developed community housing for those dealing with mental illness and those with developmental disabilities. He was instrumental in the establishment of LINC. He guided the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Southern Illinois. He chaired the Metro-East Human Rights Authority. He trained , mentored and befriended many current leaders in social services in St. Clair County. He was lovingly proud of his children . I cherish the memories of all the great times , work and adventures we had. My condolences. RIP Emil.

  • So very sorry to hear of the loss of such a special person.
    May the family find peace and hope during this difficult time.
    John 5:28,29