Rollie C. Wilson

June 19, 1920 ‒ February 16, 2017

Galion, Ohio

Rollie C. Wilson, 96, of Galion passed away Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Magnolia Terrace in Galion where he had been a resident for the past three years.

He was born June 19, 1920 in Columbus and was the son of Howard and Harriet May (Briggs) Wilson. On August 25, 1946 he married Esther M. Nungesser and they enjoyed 65 years of marriage until her passing on May 17, 2012.

Rollie was a 1938 graduate of North Robinson High School and went on to serve his country during World War II in the United State Army Air Corps, receiving a Purple Heart and Silver Star. He was part-owner of Crawford Construction for 33 years and ran equipment for 20 years and then went into a foreman capacity. Rollie was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Galion and was a member of the Galion Lodge 414 Free &Accepted Masons. He was a devoted and avid fan of Colonel Crawford High School girls’ sports, especially softball and basketball. Rollie was also an avid fan of The Ohio State University girls’ basketball, having season tickets for him and Esther for many years. Additionally, he served the Crawford County Fair with harness racing as he was in charge of speed control for over 30 years.

Rollie is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, Charlie (Nita) Nungesser of Galion, Tubby (Nola) Garverick of Goodyear, Arizona, Jim (Bonnie) Garverick of Griffin, Georgia, Harry Garverick of Marion, Ken (Jeanne) Bishop of Mansfield, Dick (Sharon) Bishop of Mansfield, Carol (Dave) Dayne of Galion, Jane (Jim) Geyer of Flint, Michigan, Marie (Jim) Green of Tuscan, Arizona and Judy Kesler of Venice, Florida and a sister-in-law Martha Orewiler of Galion.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by three sisters Mina Garverick, Hazel Bishop and Margaret Bunn and two brothers Kenneth and Ralph “Pete” Wilson.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833 where services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, February 20 with Rev. Richard Genzman officiating. Burial will be in Crawford County Memory Gardens in Crestline.

Full military honors will be conducted by the United States Army and Galion Crestline Veterans Military Funeral Detail.

Memorial contributions may be made to Peace Lutheran Church or the Esther & Rollie Wilson Scholarship Fund c/o Crawford County Community Foundation in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Rollie Wilson, and condolences may be made to them at

  • To the family,Charlie &Nita,Rollie was a real good guy,had lots of fun with him at Magnolia,he was my buddy,i am so glad i got to no him,an to get to no you two,hugs an prayers,God has a special angel now,he will watch over us,God Bless,Sheila Campbell

  • My heartfelt condolences to all the friends and loved ones. I have so many fond memories of Rollie. He was an encourager and delightful person to have known. From all the birthday ccelebrations with my daughter, Jennie, to the barn aisl s rhythm bands with Rollie, Belle and Jennie. Always smiling and laughing Rollie was a joy to know and love. RIP my friend it’s post time in heaven.

  • Rest In Peace Grandpa Rollie. What a great man and hard worker. I will never forget the fun times at the fair grounds. Especially our water fight. You will be missed. 🐴

  • What a beautiful video! Rollie was a wonderful hardworking gentleman and asset for many many year to the horses, horseman and horsewomen at the Crawford County Fairgrounds as well as a strong supporter of the Colonel Crawford athletic programs, my family and many others have great memories of Rollie and his dear wife Esther, who joined him at many events. April and Annie (our daughters), had a double privilege to of known and enjoyed his presence, for they both were involved in the standardbred horse industry and CCHS multi sport athletes. Heaven received a great soul and angel in Rollie . What a privilege to have known him!

  • I am so sorry for the loss of Rollie. I was one of the Colonel Crawford basketball and softball players he watched over the years. I have vivid memories of him coming to all the games and being so supportive. He was just a happy and fun guy all the time. He will be greatly missed.

  • Rollie was a true gentleman. I’ve known him my whole life. He , his wife and my parents (Don and Belle Shumaker) Bob and Dolores Sweeney and Howard and Marge Gledhill were the best of friends and we went on lots of scenic tours of Ohio. Even when I was married our family went along. Rollie always took care of everybody else before himself. I am proud to have known him and consider him a friend. Our entire family is saddend by his passing. God just took another angel.
    The Denton and Shumaker family.

  • Charlie and Nita, Marie and Jim, David and Carol and the family of Rollie, We are sorry read about his death. He was so nice to talk to at Magnolia and Peace Lutheran Church. So funny all of the time.May he rest in peace now. Thinking of all of you.

  • Rollie was always such a joy to be around. He always had a big smile on his face and was so pleasant. When we would have a Sunday evening gospel concert at our Church, he would come. He truly loved music and always entered into the service very heartily. When we would see him at Magnolia Terrace, he was always happy. He will truly be missed.

    Our love and prayers are with each of you.

    Loyd and Dreama Caudill

  • Rollie was one of the nicest people I have ever known. He loved to tease us when we were kids, but he couldn’t keep a straight face. I will always remember his laugh. He was a kind and generous human being and someone I am glad to have known.