Jerry E. Wilson

January 28, 1924 ‒ June 29, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Jerry E. Wilson lived beyond limitation. His creative and intuitive mind was never satisfied to be satisfied. A gifted musician, talented golfer and inventive motorcyclist, Jerry’s innovative mind kept him thinking resourcefully.

Jerry passed peacefully into the Lord’s care Thursday evening June 29, 2017 from Winchester Terrace. He was 93.

Born January 28, 1924 in Bryan, Ohio to Earl and Orel (Fewell) Wilson, and was graduated from LaPorte (IN) High School.

A WWII Army Air Corps veteran, Jerry served with the 530th Bomb Squad and 380th Bomb Squad, “The Flying Circus”. He remained a life member of American Legion Post #535, Bellville.

He worked at The Mansfield Tire & Rubber Company and later for the Madison School District.

He was a lifelong member of the musicians union, who played tenor sax. Most weekends he could be heard playing jazz, blues or Dixieland with the Nat Tridico Trio. Although he couldn’t read music, Jerry could play anything by ear – please don’t ask him to sing!

A member of the American Motorcycle Association, Jerry was nationally ranked as a flat track dirt racer during the early 1940s and 50s. His motorcycle designs of that day are now accepted as commonplace.

A serious golfer, Jerry played leagues at Little Apple, and The Woods. He made his own clubs and was skilled at golf instruction. He was always happy to take your “skins”.

A member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church, he is survived by his daughter Jeanne (David) Berry of Lucas; sons Steve (Candace) Wilson of Tallahassee, FL, John (Lesley) Wilson of Waco, TX, and Terry (LeAnn) Wilson of Colorado Springs, CO, grandchildren Michelle (Teri Sweatt) Berry of Waco, TX, Maureen Dellerba of Chesapeake, VA, Wendy (Chris) Ellis of Franklin, TN, Whitney (Mike) Krystallis and Wade Wilson all of Tallahassee, FL, Sierra M. Wilson (Chris Carloy) of Chicago, IL, Nicole (Ben) Smith of Silverdale, WA and Matthew (Christa) Wilson of Peyton, CO; great grandchildren Xavier Berry, Carter and Hailey Dellerba, Parker and Corbin Ellis, Zachary and Angelina Smith; sisters Margie Hudspeth of Texas, Glenna (Don) Jameson of Texas, Dottie Sue Keaton of  Wisconsin; nieces, nephews, and a large extended family.

He was preceded in death by his wife Jan (Snyder) Wilson in 2012 and a brother-in-law David Hudspeth.

The Wilson family will receive friends Wednesday, July 5, 2017 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where his funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. Pastor Bonnie Peltomaa will officiate. Burial will follow in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, where American Legion Post #535 will hold graveside military honors.

In lieu of flowers contributions in his memory to Bellville American Legion may be made at the funeral home.

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  • Sending my deepest sympathies to the entire Wilson family for your recent loss.
    The beautiful tribute in the newspaper certainly made those of us that didn’t know him, wish that we would have had that opportunity. The most difficult part of our journey through life is losing someone we love, especially someone that made such an impact on us. May God’s peace strengthen you all during this difficult time.

  • My sympathy to you, Jeanne, and your brothers. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen uncle Jerry, but I have happy memories of our families getting together when we cousins were kids. The obituary was beautiful. Always thought your dad was a good looking guy and the picture did him proud.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you all and your family. Waco was a great friend to my dad and my family. We played many great rounds at the Woods. I loved talking with him……what a great guy! He is in a much better place now. Miss you Waco…..until we meet again.

  • Our prayers and sympathy are with all of the family. Jerry and Jan were faithful workers at St. Timothy Lutheran Church and were so much a part of the music ministry there. Phil and Jerry shared lots of golfing stories. Jerry will be greatly missed by all. Peace be with you.

  • Our family sends our deepest condolences to the Wilson family. We have many fond memories of Jerry and family. May his memory stay forever in your hearts and ours.

  • My deepest sympathy to you, Jeannie and family. Clearly your Dad was of great character and talent. Blessings to you during this time of transition and healing.