Russell A. “Rusty” Wilson

May 08, 1950 ‒ May 21, 2009

Delaware, Ohio

Russell Andrew Brandy “Rusty” Wilson, age 59 of Delaware died early Thursday morning, May 21, 2009 at Riverside Methodist Hospital.

He was born on May 8, 1950 in Delaware and was a lifelong resident. A graduate of Delaware Hayes High School in 1968, he then entered the US Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam Conflict.

Rusty had been employed on the production line at the former Nestlé’s plant in Sunbury and worked for the Ohio Department of Transportation in the Delaware District Office. He enjoyed horse racing and proudly worked 27 years for The Little Brown Jug raking the track and assisting in the cabin and stable area.

A member of Zion AME Church and AMVets Post #3, he also was an election pole worker. Playing percussion, the flute and harmonica, he was a fan of all music, especially jazz. Rusty was a devoted University of Michigan fan, enjoyed pitching horse shoes, playing backgammon, and fishing.

Strong willed, he treasured spending time with family, especially family reunions. Intelligent he had the correct answer for just about every Jeopardy question. He will be remembered for this love of family and friends, and for his sense of humor.

Survived by his mother: Wanda L. (Patterson) Wilson-Thompson and step-father Warren Thompson of Oakhill, WV, wife of 27 years: Joyce (Stubblefield), sons: Carlos (Mia) Willis of Delaware, Trent Willis (Juana Cruz) of New Albany, daughters: Jacquelena Wilson (Michael Agyemang) of Columbus, Daria Wilson (Kashta Ransaw) of Delaware, 4 grandchildren: Jordan and Marquis Willis, Malaki and Julian Weaver, host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and special aunt Gwendolyn Patterson of Delaware.

Preceded in death by his father: Brandy C. Wilson in 1988.

Friends may call Tuesday 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 75 W. William St. (SR 36), Delaware where services will be held Wednesday 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Lamonte Coats officiating, interment will be held in the veterans section of Oak Grove Cemetery, with military honors provided by the Delaware County Veterans Association.

Memorial contributions can be made to his family to help with final expenses.

Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com