Roger L. Wilson

November 21, 1941 ‒ September 05, 2003

Butler, Ohio

BUTLER: Roger L. Wilson, 61, of Harris Road, Butler, died Friday afternoon September 5, 2003 in the emergency room of MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a long illness.

He was born in Marion, November 21, 1941, to Owen DeVere and Betty Virginia Huntsman Wilson and was graduated from Marion Harding High School with the Class of 1959. He moved to the Butler area following his graduation and worked on the production line at General Motors in Mansfield until he became disabled in 1987.

Roger was the first multiple organ transplant patient at The Ohio State University Hospitals in Columbus receiving both a heart and kidney in 1994.

He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting with his kids who traditionally took time off school for a week to be with him during gun season. His favorite companions were his hunting dogs, who never really learned to hunt.

Roger spent many hours on the lake at Salt Fork State Park fishing with his best friend and pal, Chuck McNutt.

He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Marilyn L. McNutt Wilson; three sons and their spouses, Jim Wilson and Jeff and Sally Wilson all of Butler, and Kenny and Becky Wilson of Bellville; a daughter, Cathy Wies of Butler; 14 grandchildren, Crystal, Amanda, Kody, Kirk, Bethany, Michael, Levi, Cameron, Rachel, Jordan, Marcus, Monique, Malcus and Phillip; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Carol and Ron Brown of Findlay and Brenda and Don McCammon of Lexington; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles and Carleen Wilson and Paul and Judy Wilson both of Butler; and a host of nieces and nephews.

His parents and a brother Steve Wilson preceded him in death.

The family will receive friends Monday, September 8, 2003 from 5-8 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 am. Burial will follow in Zion Cemetery near Butler. The Rev. Ken Kinley will officiate.

Memorial contributions to the Worthington Township-Butler Rescue Squad or Unverferth House may be made at the funeral home.

A special expression of thanks is extended to the organ donor and family and to the transplant team at The Ohio State University Hospitals for the extra nine years they afforded Roger’s family to share in his life.