Raymond O. Wilson

Raymond O. Wilson, 77, of Fairview Heights, IL, born Tuesday, July 11, 1933, in Dupo, IL, died Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at Rosewood Care Center in Swansea, IL.

Mr. Wilson was a retired Fire Chief and training officer for East St. Louis Fire Department from 1956-1990. He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Belleville, IL, Emeth Lodge #103 AF & AM, Scottish Rite Bodies, York Rite Bodies, Ainad Shrine, Instructor of Fire Science for Belleville Area College (now SWIC) and a U.S. Army veteran.

He was preceded in death by his:

  • First Wife: Frances Wilson
  • Parents: Vernon and Hattie nee Owens Wilson
  • Brother: Paul Wilson

Surviving are his:

  • Wife: Shirley "Sam" nee Hoke, Wilson
  • Step-Children
    • Steven (Kelly) Brown of Ballwin, MO
    • Tammy (Luke) Schaub of Long Beach, CA
  • Brother: Michael Wilson of Troy, IL
  • Step-Grandchildren
    • Courtney Brown
    • Micah Schaub
    • Gabriel Schaub
  • Niece: Lisa (Scott) Mishler
  • Dear Cousins & Many Special Friends

We little knew that morning that God
was going to call your name,
In life we loved you dearly,
in death we do the same.
It broke our heart to lose you,
you did not go alone,
For part of us went with you,
the day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories,
your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you,
you are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken,
and nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
the chain will link again.

Special thanks to: Toni, Susan, Annie, Andrea and Pam from Hospice of Southern Illinois for their wonderful care.

Memorials: Memorials may be made to the Backstoppers or Hospice of Southern Illinois.

Visitation: Friends may call from 4-8 P.M., Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at the Kurrus Funeral Home, Belleville, IL and from 9:30-10:30 A.M Thursday, February 17, 2011 at Peace Lutheran Church in Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Thursday, February 17, 2011 at Peace Lutheran Church, with Rev. Bill Pierce officiating. Emtombment will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.

Condolences left for Raymond O. Wilson:

    Steve, My condolences to your mom ( Aunt Sam ), Tammy, your spouses, children, and Step Father's family. I will remember all of you in my prayers at this difficult time. Bobby and Ann Marie and family.

    Robert Browne Westfield Ma. 01085-1472

    Mrs. Wilson, Please accept my deepest sympathy on Ray's passing. Otie and I always enjoyed visiting with you and your husband at the coin shop. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    Sandy Miller Belleville Il. 62220