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Richard M. Wilson

May 21, 1935 — November 28, 2023

Woodhull, IL

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Richard M. Wilson, age 88, of Woodhull, IL, passed away Tuesday, November 28, 2023.  In keeping with his wishes, there will be no public services.  Cremation rites have been accorded.  A private service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be left to the Tri-County Ambulance Service. Online condolences can be made at www.petersonwallinknox.com.

Dick was born on May 21, 1935 in Aledo to Thomas S. and Edith Eddings Wilson, the youngest of three children.  The son of a tenant farmer, Dick attended one room country schools and public schools all over the area, as the family moved from farm to farm.  Beginning high school at ROVA, he graduated from AlWood High School in 1953, where he met the love of his life.  He married Wanda Mae Nimrick on February 10, 1956 in Alpha, IL.

Dick served in the USN Sea Cadets and the US Naval Reserve from 1952-1960, attaining the rank of Engineman 2nd Class.  He began his work life at Dixline Corporation in Galva, then as a lineman for Illinois Power out of Alpha and briefly as a State Farm agent before landing his dream job at John Deere Experimental in East Moline.  After a 30 year career there, he retired in 1996.  After his retirement, he served on the Woodhull Town Board for many years.

He was passionate about baseball in all its forms.  With Ted Williams as his childhood hero, he loved and followed the Boston Red Sox all his life.  He coached youth leagues in the AlWood area throughout the sixties and seventies, from Peewee to Senior League.  Baseball held a very special place in his heart.  Other passions included classic cars, good music, a good dinner, board games, a well maintained lawn, John Deere Green, telling stories and, above all, having his family gathered together around him.

Dick is survived by his wife, Wanda, sons Mark (Terri) Wilson of Rio, Scott (Jane Mahalik) Wilson of Normal and daughter Vicki (Randy) Stees of Geneseo, a sister, Audrey Mosher of Aledo, granddaughters Miranda (Jeff) Funk-Garrett of Washington, IL and Carissa (Mike) Funk-Wojciechowski of Dusseldorf, Germany, grandson Ian (Emera) Wilson of Marquette, MI, step grandsons Dusty (Tiffany) Stees and Brett (Linley) Stees of Geneseo, three great-grandsons, Zidane Garrett, Alistair Garrett and Alexander Wilson, step great-grandchildren, Nate, Gavin, Maddie, Kane and Rosalie Stees, and many beloved nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Robert.

The family would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Dick's caregivers at Hillcrest Nursing Home and ProMedica Hospice.  The benefit of their loving care and consideration has been immeasurable during this time.

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