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Melvin E. Wilson passed away on Aug. 19, 2016, at Carle Hospital in Urbana. He was born Sept. 6, 1926, in Georgetown.
He married Charlene Richards on Sept. 10, 1949. After more than 59 years of a good marriage, she preceded him in death on Dec. 3, 2008. They were more than just husband and wife, they were also friends and buddies. They had one son, Richard.
Preceding Melvin in death were his parents, Harley and Irene Wilson.
Survivors are Richard and his wife, Sue, of Kokomo, Ind.; and grandsons, Dr. Benjamin T. Wilson, of Madison, Wis. and William O. "Bill" Wilson, of Hampshire.
Upon graduation from Georgetown High School, Melvin enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He served as cryptographer until the end of WWII.
Melvin worked at General Motors for 10 years, General Electric eight years, and retired after 25 years at Bohn (Heatcraft). While working, he completed college and technical courses. Melvin worked as Data Center Manager while at GE and Bohn.
He was elected to and served two terms as Alderman to the Georgetown City Council. He also was a member of the Georgetown Fire Protection District for 35 years. Melvin served as a firefighter, assistant chief and trustee during his tenure.
Melvin was a member and attended the Georgetown Friends Church. He served on various committees at the local church and at the Yearly Meeting level.
Melvin enjoyed fishing at Kentucky Lake, first visiting there with Charlene in the early 1950s. He and his family continued trips to Kentucky Lake throughout his life, last going in 2014 at the age of 87.
Melvin's family wishes to express their sincere thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at Carle Hospital for their compassionate care of him during his final days of life.
A celebration of Melvin's life will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, at Sunset's Houghton-Leasure Funeral Home, 200 E. West Street, Georgetown. Pastor John Meyers will officiate. He will be laid to rest in Georgetown Cemetery beside his wife. Visitation will be held Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, from 2-4 p.m. at the funeral home. The family requests memorials go to the Georgetown Friends Church. Please join his family in sharing memories on his tribute wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.
Published on August 20, 2016
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