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.