May 26, 1949 - May 6, 2013
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MISHAWAKA - Jackie W. "Jack" Wilson, a lifelong area resident of Mishawaka, Indiana, died at his residence on Monday afternoon following an extended illness surrounded by his caring and loving family. He was 63. Born in Florence, Alabama, on May 26, 1949, he was the son of the late Orlan E. Wilson and Alma "Olean" (Pogue) Wilson. On May 29, 1971, in Calvary United Methodist Church in Elkhart, he married his loving wife of 41 years, the former Diane M. Van Lake, who survives along with their son, Jacob "Jake" (Jennifer) Wilson of Buchanan, Michigan; and two grandchildren, Destiny and Daniel Wilson. Jack leaves behind a brother, David (Diana) Wilson of Middlebury, Indiana; and a sister, Jeannie Vick of Florence, Alabama; and his devoted niece, Roma M. Thibaut of Michigan City, Indiana; along with several nephews and two sisters-in-law, Debbie Wilson and Roseann Van Lake, both of whom are of Mishawaka. He was preceded in death by his beloved mother and father; his brother, Paul Frank Wilson; and a brother-in-law, Daniel Van Lake. Jack was a 1968 graduate of Mishawaka High School and had proudly served his country with two tours of duty in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. After his honorable discharge in September 1973, he came back home to Mishawaka where he worked for the Uniroyal Corporation in the field of Research and Development, and later worked for the Mishawaka Housing Authority until his retirement in 2006. Jack was an avid Triumph motorcyclist and bass fisherman and enjoyed Texas Hold'em, and was a proud member of the DAV and of Moose Lodge #599. At Jack's request, private family services will be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made on behalf of Mr. Wilson to The
, 130 Red Coach Drive, Mishawaka, Indiana 46545; or Heartland Hospice, 826 West Edison Avenue, Mishawaka, Indiana 46545; or to the donor's choice. The family wishes to thank the angels of Heartland Hospice and all Jack's many doctors and nurses for all their love and care given to him in his final weeks. God saw you getting tired, and a cure was not to be, so He put His arms around you and whispered, "COME TO ME." With tearful eyes we watched you, and saw you pass away. Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating. Hard-working hands at rest. God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best. Jack will forever be missed by his many friends and loving family. May God Grant Him Eternal Rest. Arrangements for Mr. Wilson were entrusted to the Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.wmzfh.com or you may call 574-295-2323.
Published in South Bend Tribune from May 8 to May 12, 2013