Ed Wilson, 94

Edgar (Ed) W. Wilson, age 94, of Sturgis, passed away Friday morning, Oct. 1, 2010, at home.

He was born Dec. 8, 1915, in Detroit, a son of the late Omer and Hulda (Hassig) Wilson, and moved to Sturgis from Detroit in 1947.

On Sept. 26, 1946, he married Marguerite Lentz in Detroit.

Ed graduated high school from Southeastern High School in Detroit in 1935 and went to work for Ford and Lincoln Motor Company where he had 10 years of engineering school. He was assistant chief tool engineer of the Pratt-Whitney Engine used in aircraft in World War II. After moving to Sturgis, he was employed as vice president of Sutton Tool Company and general manager until his retirement in 1982.

He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Sturgis, life member of the F.O.E. Eagles Lodge #1314, the B.P.O.E. Elks Lodge #1381 where he was a Past Exalted Ruler and Past District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler, the Meridian Sun-Eagle Lodge #49 F.&A.M., the Saladin Temple in Grand Rapids, MI, the Sturgis Shrine Club, and the V.F.W. Men’s auxiliary.

Ed was very active in the Shrine Club, being named “Shriner of the Decade” and for many years maintained the fire trucks and enjoyed the Fire Brigade. He was a member of the Family Motor Coach for 20 years and enjoyed traveling.

Surviving are his wife, Marguerite (Peg); five children, Robert Schuster of McNabb, Ill., Richard Wilson of Flat Rock, Sharon Ricke of Lebanon, Ore., and twins Thelma “Tammy” Noirot of Colon and Thomas Wilson of Indianapolis; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a sister, Gretchen Goggin of Alma.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Greta Cant.

According to his wishes, there will be no visitation or services. Cremation has taken place. Memorial donations may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church, 1320 S. Lakeview Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091 or the Saladin Temple for Crippled Children, 4200 Saladin Drive S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Envelopes are available at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Road, Sturgis, which is in charge of the arrangements.

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