Richard Thomas Wilson Sr., 86, of Taylorville, passed away Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 10:50 p.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. He was born March 19, 1928 in Taylorville, IL. The son of  Abraham and Thelma (Rine) Wilson. He married Jean Gibbs on February 29, 1948 in Taylorville, IL. He retired from Borg Warner where he worked as a Machinist and a tool and die maker. Earlier in life, he had also worked as a machinist for the C&IM Railroad.  He was a member of the Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville, a life-member of the Masonic Mound Lodge #122 A.F.&A.M., member of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, Springfield Consistory, Order of the Eastern Star and the Ansar Shrine.  Richard was an outstanding athlete during his high school career at Taylorville High School and received a full scholarship to Beloit College in both Basketball and Football.  He was a huge Taylorville Tornadoes and Chicago Cubs fan.  Most of all, he loved his family.

He is survived by his wife, Jean Wilson of Taylorville, IL; son, Rich Wilson Jr. of Taylorville, IL; granddaughters, Laura (Steve) Benson of Mt. Vernon, NY, Heather (Jeb) Odam of Taylorville, IL and Maureen (Arby) Wise of Carlinville, IL; great grandchildren Robert and John Benson, Ava and Baron Odam and Ella and Beau Wise; sisters, Madeline (Laverne) Eson of Taylorville, IL and Beverly (Joe) Susnig of Jerseyville, IL along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Robert Wilson and his daughter-in-law Chris Wilson.

Memorial service will be held at 12:00 noon Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Davis Memorial Christian Church in Taylorville with Rev. Bill Kerns officiating.  Inurnment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in Taylorville, IL.   Visitation will be held Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 10:00 AM until the time of services at the church with a Masonic Rites service provided by Mound Lodge #122 at 11:45 AM.

Memorials may be made to the Davis Memorial Christian Church, 1500 West Franklin Street, Taylorville, IL 62568.

Arrangements by Sutton Memorial Home in Taylorville.

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