James Wilson

July 24, 1925 ‒ March 31, 2015

Howard, Ohio

James L. Wilson, age 89, of Howard passed away on March 31, 2015 at his home.

He was born on July 24, 1925 in Mulberry, Indiana to the late Lloyd and Agnes (Pitman) Wilson. James was employed as a Pilot for U.S. Air from which her retired. He was a member of the East Side Church of Christ here in Mount Vernon. He enjoyed flying his personal airplanes, hunting, fishing and planting trees. But most of all, he loved the time he spent with children especially his grandchildren. James was a veteran serving in the United States Marine Corps.

He is survived by two sons, David Wilson and Steven Wilson; his daughter Sandra (Robert) Wilson; four grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; his brother Kenneth (Janet) Wilson; two sisters, Rhea (Dave) Klingeman, Donna (Jerry) Loveless; and special friends Don (Linda) Sanford and Don (Carrie) Mann.

Besides his parents, James was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Wilson; brothers Daniel and Carl Wilson; and his sister Meriam Klingeman.

Friends may call on Friday, April 3, 2015 from 4-8PM at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home and on Saturday from 10-12PM. A service will follow on Saturday beginning at 12PM with Mr. Rick Tincher and Mr. Gene Carrol officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veteran’s Council, will follow in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

To send the family a condolence online visit: www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice of Knox County.

The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of James L. Wilson.

  • Jim has been, and will continue to be, loved by so many people. What a blessing to have been honored to know and be loved by him. A genuine gentleman who loved God, and whose actions showed that.
    Hugs to his whole family, friends, and community.

  • Condolences to the family. Jim was such a wonderful person and Pilot. Loved his flying stories and talking about aviation. My 4 year old daughter loved seeing him and spending time at the property a few months back. Clear skies and tailwinds Jim….

  • It was a privilege to know Captain Jimmy Wilson. We worked on the same airline and flew the same equipment , from the Lake Central DC-3 days , Allegheny days and eventually USAir/USAirways. Jimmy was a true gentleman and I thought highly of him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

    To Jimmy ; You are now home!

    With Sincere Condolences,
    Captain Eugene “Gene” Schumacher and Maureen Schumacher

  • Our heart felt sympathies to the family. It was a pleasure meeting and knowing Jim the last few years. Although he was small in stature he had a very big heart and made you feel like you had known each other a lifetime.
    As you receive your final pair of wings, assume your post and stand tall, RIP MARINE and SEMPER FI

  • To My Friend Captain Jim From Your Friend Captain Jim ll. I enjoyed Our flights together and a Wonderful Friendship. You now have Your Ultimate Wings. We will have You in Our Prayers and Hearts and Thoughts Always. God Bless You.

    Our Heartfelt Condolences to the
    Entire Family and Friends.
    Jim and Jody Davis

  • Jim was a great neighbor and friend, we spent many hours hunting and talking flying. My children will always remember the wonderful times they spent on his farm. Jim will be missed and I will always have him in my heart.

    • Thank you so very much for the tribute to my Dad.

      It was beautiful.

      Thank you again.

  • Jim was a great mentor and example to me as I was growing up. Jim taught me how to be a good Christian man and taught me many life lessons that got me on the right path in life. I owe my many years as a flight paramedic and firefighter to Jim. I now use many of the lessons Jim has taught me today in the decisions I make as an Elder in the church. Jim taught me to always work hard and to never give up on my dreams.
    I miss the days of hunting, fishing, & the annual pig roast on his property. Jim & Dottie always had the door open to their house for others. I felt at times as if I were a member of his family.
    Jim touched the lives of many and will greatly be missed. Although my children did not get to know Jim as I did they can see Jim in me and the way I live my life.
    Jim thank you for everything you gave me. I don’t know if you know the impact you had on my life, but I thank God for your example and lessons in life.
    2 Timothy 4:7-8

  • Our deepest condolences to the Wilson family

    Jim was a true friend, a blessing to know and will be greatly missed. Jim was like a father to me, always having a big heart and was there when you need him. He demonstrated Christian principles in everything he did. He was always positive and supportive with everyone, setting a good example for all.
    Jim helped me in obtaining various different pilot licenses and he built my grass air strip when I was busy building a new home. Thanks! We enjoyed many elk hunts in Colorado for twenty years, we spent many hours in the air and I will never forget our times together.
    Thanks Jim, it has been a privilege being your friend.


  • Capt. Wilson has always represented the very best in what makes a professional airline pilot. He was very competent, responsible, caring and never lost sight of the big picture. I was so blessed to have had him in my life. His mentorship of my career from my early age of 12 had such a positive and profound effect. Capt. Wilson will live on as a shining example of a great American, a great Marine, a true Christian, a devote family man, and a true friend. God bless you Jim, and may your landing in Heaven be your best ever!!

    With great respect and admiration,

    Roger S. Quinn
    Boeing 757 and 767 Captain
    Chief Pilot – UPS Airlines

    • Roger, thank you so much for the beautiful tribute to Dad.
      I wanted to get your address but missed you before you left.
      My address is:
      Sandy Wilson (I married a Wilson)
      767 Glenview Dr. Howard, Ohio 43028

  • Jim was a very outstanding Christian man (brother in Christ) and friend ===he was always the same everytime you saw him – happy = caring and oh so funny = I loved to chat with Jim and laugh with Jim == he will be missed by so many == it has been a true blessing to know Jim = and we are thankful to know that he is with Dottie again and especially thankful that he is with our God in Heaven and we will see him again some great day.

    Our sincere condolenses to Jim’s family and know that we are remembering you in our prayers.

    In Chistian love

    the Hagners