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Edward T. Wilson, Jr.

Edward T. Wilson, Jr.
Edward Thomas Wilson, Jr, 73, of New Athens, IL, born August 7, 1949, in Belleville, IL, passed away on Thursday May 18, 2023, at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, IL.  Mr. Wilson was a United States Navy veteran.  He had various jobs over the years including Peabody Coal Co. and Drury Hotels before retiring.  Ed was a member of the New Athens Fire Company #1, a charter member of the New Athens Ambulance Service, UMWA Local 1820 and St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens. He enjoyed motorcycles, camping and spending time with his family.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents – Edward T. and Deloris (English) Wilson, Sr.
Surviving are his wife – the former Sharon Ann Wildt of New Athens, IL, two sons – Matt (Jennifer) Wilson of O’Fallon, IL and Ben (Erin) Wilson of New Athens, IL, five grandchildren – Kylie and Josie Wilson and Charles, Sydney and Trexie Wilson, one great grandchild – Penelope and three siblings – Melody Winkelman of New Athens, IL, Steve (Denise) Wilson of Red Bud, IL and Glory Weissert of Lenzburg, IL.  He is also survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Du Bois Center (UCC Church Camp) or to CESNA – Church Emergency Services of New Athens.
Visitation:  Friends and family will be gathering from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday June 24, 2023, at St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens, IL.
Memorial Service: Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday June 24, 2023, at St. John United Church of Christ in New Athens, IL with Rev. Dr. Robert Koch officiating.  Burial will follow at Oakridge Cemetery in New Athens, IL
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in New Athens, IL is in charge of arrangements.
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  1. Karen Kabacinski says:

    Sharon,
    My deepest sympathies. Eddie was great guy. Rode on the same bus morning and night. He will be missed by many.
    Karen

    • Eric, Jan, Andrew Platto, Katlin, Alexis and Lillian Edwards and Paul and Pat Platto families says:

      Sharon,

      Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. Mary W Parker says:

    My deepest sympathy to Eddie’s entire family. I didn’t know Eddie until the high school years, and even then, more or less from a distance – an observational viewpoint so to speak – but besides the classes we had together we also rode the same school bus every school day. I always considered Eddie to be a kind soul with a big heart. And of course he was that and much more. I pray for the family to find solace in the genuinely good memories, bright smiles, and laughter you shared, and to know our earthly world is a better place because of his journey among us.

  3. Florence Schulz says:

    To my dear friend and coworker for many years—-Sharon our prayers are with you and your family. Ed was a great guy and will be missed by many. He endured many challenges in his lifetime; but many wonderful memories to remember also. Jim and Florence Schulz?

  4. Delores Berlinski says:

    Thank you, Ed, for being a loving friend! I

  5. Gary and Jean Beggs says:

    Sharon and family:
    We are so saddened by the loss of Eddie. Times like these bring up memories of our younger years. We hung out a lot, bar-b-ques, dinners, visiting and the guys riding motorcycles before jobs, kids and life got so busy.
    Gary has been revisiting those memories when he and Eddie lived across the street from each other as kids. “That guy got me out of a lot of scraps!” We recently went thru their childhood photos. One could almost smell the “puppy dog” sweat all little boys have when they are out playing hard and having fun. There are photos of people in the neighborhood way younger than we are now.
    Life is too short. We just don’t appreciate that until we lose another family member or another friend we love.
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We plan to see you at the wake.

  6. june benedick says:

    Sharon and family, thinking of you and holding you and yours in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Allen and Debbie Cahoon says:

    So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family

  8. Jean Price says:

    So very sorry to hear of Ed’s passing.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you Sharon and your family.
    De ding hugs !!

    • Diane Boschert says:

      Sympathy to the family. He was a good friend, classmate, husband, Dad, Grandpa. “A life well lived cannot be diminished by death. The beauty, guidance, and inspiration it gave us will shine as brightly as ever.” May his memories be in your heart❤️forever.?

  9. Eugene ('Shorty') & Jeanette Napier says:

    Sharon and family–So sorry to learn of Ed’s passing. You have our deepest sympathy at this difficult time.
    ‘Shorty’ & Jeanette Napier

  10. Kara Smith says:

    My deepest sympathy to you Sharon and your family ❤️

  11. Becky (Jones) Blomenkamp says:

    Deepest sympathy to Sharon & Family.

  12. Diane Keil says:

    Deepest sympathy to Sharon and family.

  13. Ruth Ann Hanft says:

    Sharon & Family —Our hearts are broken—what a wonderful Classmate & Dear-Dear Friend. RIP, you are finally pain free, you were loved by many & we will miss you-till we meet again..: the Class of ‘68 misses you

  14. Vic main says:

    Condolences to Sharon and families. Prayers for you all

  15. Jeanne Jansen says:

    My sympathy to Sharon and family. Ed was a great guy.

  16. Sharon Gaubatz says:

    Mark and I are so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. Our sincere sympathy to you & your family.

    • Charlene Guzior says:

      My deepest sympathy to Sharon, Melody, Ed’s family & friends. Ed was a great guy who will be missed. Keeping you all in my prayers during this difficult time.

  17. Dennis Winter says:

    Prayers for you and your family. Ed was a great guy and will be missing by many.

  18. Diane Boschert says:

    My heart breaks for you and the family he was a good man, friend and classmate. Be proud many memories in your heart forever❤️with sympathy, Tom and Diane Boschert

  19. Sue Ann Werner says:

    So sorry Sharon and family, he was truly a great guy and will be missed!

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  1. So sorry Sharon and family, he was truly a great guy and will be missed!

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  2. My heart breaks for you and the family he was a good man, friend and classmate. Be proud many memories in your heart forever❤️with sympathy, Tom and Diane Boschert

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  3. Prayers for you and your family. Ed was a great guy and will be missing by many.

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  4. Mark and I are so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. Our sincere sympathy to you & your family.

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    • My deepest sympathy to Sharon, Melody, Ed’s family & friends. Ed was a great guy who will be missed. Keeping you all in my prayers during this difficult time.

      Reply
  5. My sympathy to Sharon and family. Ed was a great guy.

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  6. Condolences to Sharon and families. Prayers for you all

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  7. Sharon & Family —Our hearts are broken—what a wonderful Classmate & Dear-Dear Friend. RIP, you are finally pain free, you were loved by many & we will miss you-till we meet again..: the Class of ‘68 misses you

    Reply
  8. Deepest sympathy to Sharon and family.

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  9. Deepest sympathy to Sharon & Family.

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  10. My deepest sympathy to you Sharon and your family ❤️

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  11. Sharon and family–So sorry to learn of Ed’s passing. You have our deepest sympathy at this difficult time.
    ‘Shorty’ & Jeanette Napier

    Reply
  12. So very sorry to hear of Ed’s passing.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you Sharon and your family.
    De ding hugs !!

    Reply
    • Sympathy to the family. He was a good friend, classmate, husband, Dad, Grandpa. “A life well lived cannot be diminished by death. The beauty, guidance, and inspiration it gave us will shine as brightly as ever.” May his memories be in your heart❤️forever.?

      Reply
  13. So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family

    Reply
  14. Sharon and family, thinking of you and holding you and yours in my thoughts and prayers.

    Reply
  15. Sharon and family:
    We are so saddened by the loss of Eddie. Times like these bring up memories of our younger years. We hung out a lot, bar-b-ques, dinners, visiting and the guys riding motorcycles before jobs, kids and life got so busy.
    Gary has been revisiting those memories when he and Eddie lived across the street from each other as kids. “That guy got me out of a lot of scraps!” We recently went thru their childhood photos. One could almost smell the “puppy dog” sweat all little boys have when they are out playing hard and having fun. There are photos of people in the neighborhood way younger than we are now.
    Life is too short. We just don’t appreciate that until we lose another family member or another friend we love.
    You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We plan to see you at the wake.

    Reply
  16. Thank you, Ed, for being a loving friend! I

    Reply
  17. To my dear friend and coworker for many years—-Sharon our prayers are with you and your family. Ed was a great guy and will be missed by many. He endured many challenges in his lifetime; but many wonderful memories to remember also. Jim and Florence Schulz?

    Reply
  18. My deepest sympathy to Eddie’s entire family. I didn’t know Eddie until the high school years, and even then, more or less from a distance – an observational viewpoint so to speak – but besides the classes we had together we also rode the same school bus every school day. I always considered Eddie to be a kind soul with a big heart. And of course he was that and much more. I pray for the family to find solace in the genuinely good memories, bright smiles, and laughter you shared, and to know our earthly world is a better place because of his journey among us.

    Reply
  19. Sharon,
    My deepest sympathies. Eddie was great guy. Rode on the same bus morning and night. He will be missed by many.
    Karen

    Reply
    • Sharon,

      Our deepest sympathies to you and your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

      Reply

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