CHARLES A. 'ASHLEY' WILSON, 98 ROCKFORD - Charles A. "Ashley" Wilson, 98, of Rockford, passed away Monday, June 10, 2013, at his home. He was born on August 11, 1914, in Newell, Iowa to Edmond and Emma (McConnell) Wilson. Ashley grew up and was raised on several farms in the Newell area. After he graduated from Iowa State University in 1939, he went on to the University of Illinois
in Urbana where he graduated with his master's degree in Dairy Science. He served in the U.S. Army prior to and during WWII
. On March 23, 1943, Ashley married Isabelle Thomson in Ottawa, IL. He worked for the Borden Dairy Co., in Chicago for many years and lived in Franklin Park with his family until they moved to Woodstock in 1965. After the Woodstock plant closed, Ashley worked for Dean Foods in Chemung until his retirement. After 40 years in Woodstock, Ashley and Isabelle moved to Rockford in 2005, to be closer to their family. Ashley always enjoyed woodworking and carving duck decoys. He liked doing home improvement projects for his family. Ashley was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church in Woodstock. He was also a member of the Woodstock VFW
Post 5040. Ashley is survived by his eight children, Eric (Sue) Wilson of Edgerton, WI, Margaret Wilson, Pam Wilson, Kathy (Jim) O'Brien, Barbara Wilson, John (Pam) Wilson, Doug (Diane) Wilson, all of Rockford, and Craig (Sue) Wilson of Allison Park, PA; nine grandchildren, Chris Wilson, Mike Wilson, Jack (Jen) O'Brien, Valerie O'Brien, Laura Wilson, Elena Wilson, Andy Wilson, Robin Wilson, and Evan Wilson; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Isabelle in 2008; his parents; and ten siblings, Genevieve Helland, Lucille Brown, Marion Thom, Emery Wilson, Gene Wilson, John Wilson, Frank Wilson, Janet Weber, Leonard Wilson, and George Wilson. A visitation will be held on Thursday, June 13, from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 201 W. South St., Woodstock, IL., 60098. Burial will be at McHenry County Memorial Park Cemetery in Woodstock with Military Honors provided by the Woodstock VFW Post 5040 Honors Squad. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church in Woodstock. For information, call Schneider Leucht Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home at 815-338-1710.