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WILSON RAY FAUS Wilson was born in Watsontown, PA to Odis and Minnie Hilner Faus on October 7, 1927. He passed away at Kaiser Riverside on January 24, 2013, at age 85, due to respiratory complications. His wife Gloria, and his son and daughter were at his side. After leaving high school and his discharge from the U.S. Army, he returned to Montgomery, PA where he reeled in the catch of his life, Gloria May Felix. They were married in January of 1949. Wilson became an accomplished upholsterer, and in 1957, his company asked him to move to California to teach the craft to workers at their new facility in Corona. He brought his family to Corona, continuing to work for Schnadig/International Furniture until his retirement in 1993, rising to the position of plant superintendent. Wilson and Gloria belonged to many groups in the community, enjoying happy years square dancing, bowling, golfing, playing tennis, hunting, camping, and playing bridge. But Willie's great passion was fishing. It seemed the fish just couldn't wait to bite his hook, even when no one else was having any luck! He was also a great fishing coach, teaching his children, grandchildren, and any of their friends who wanted to learn the secrets of his favorite sport. Wilson was outgoing, charming, generous, thoughtful and kind, and just a little bit ornery, which endeared him to all who knew him. He could fix just about anything, was a master gardener, and continued to do beautiful upholstery until recently. He will be deeply missed. Predeceased by his parents, his sister Irene, and brother Ernie, he is survived by his brothers Howard and Elmer; sister Catherine; his wife of 64 years, Gloria; son Mickey (Nena); daughter Andrea Gonzales (Joe); grandchildren Amy Beyersdorf (Matthew), Mark Faus, Joey Gonzales, and great grandchildren Jacob and William Beyersdorf, along with many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held February 9th at 11am in the chapel of First Baptist Church of Corona, where Wilson had been a member for 56 years. A lunch reception will follow.

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Published in Press-Enterprise on Jan. 29, 2013
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