Edward A. Wilson II, 39, Lebanon, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 at the U. of K. Medical Center in Lexington.
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He was born Sept. 1, 1973 in Marion County.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Marvin and Catherine Thomas, and Joe and Stella Wilson.
Survivors include: a daughter, Reagan Lynn Wilson, of Lebanon; parents, Edward A. and Theresa Thomas Wilson of Lebanon; a brother, Brandon (Nicole) Wilson, of Springfield; a sister, Stephanie (Pat) Thompson of Lebanon. Also surviving are two nieces, Allie and Lydia Wilson, four nephews, Logan and Andrew Wilson, Benjamin and Landon Thompson, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation was held after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 at the Bosley Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7 p.m. officiated by Deacon Dennis May. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2012 at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Lebanon. Fr. Bill Bowling officiated. Burial was in the Lebanon National Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Pete Butler, Carroll Kirkland, Mike Gootee, Kevin O'Daniel, Jeff Dickerson and Jack Morgan. Honorary Pallbearers were Logan Wilson, Andrew Wilson, Allie Wilson, Lydia Wilson, Benjamin Thompson and Landon Thompson.
Eddie attended Bethlehem High School for two years and graduated from Marion County High School in 1991. Following high school, he joined the U. S. Marine Corps and served proudly for eight years. He achieved the rank of Sergeant and received various commendations including the Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He was honorably discharged on August 9, 2000. He also served in the U.S. Navy Reserves where he was part of Operation Iraqi Freedom serving mostly with Marine Corps detachments in outposts near the Syrian border and participated in several convoys to replenish supplies. He received a Certificate of Commendation for exceptional performance of duty with Task Force Rhino, 2D Marine Division, Marine Expeditionary Force. He also received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He was honorably discharged on May 28, 2006.
He was formerly employed by the Marion County Sheriff's Department and the Alcohol Beverage Control Board.
He was a member of St. Augustine Parish. He was a loving father, son, and brother and he will be deeply missed by all of his family and friends. He was a special person who had a big heart and a bigger smile that touched so many lives. You will live forever in our hearts. We offer a very dear appreciation to friends that served as pallbearers, attended the services and traveled great distances on short notice, former comrades and especially Pete Butler from Montana who shared many heartfelt experiences with Eddie. God Bless and "Semper FiJI. Peace at last.
Published in The Lebanon Enterprise on Feb. 26, 2013