NEW ALBANY — In memory of James Curry Wilson, born Aug. 29 1921, and passed away quietly on May 22, 2013, in New Albany, Ohio.
James is survived by his loving children, Daniel (Dorie) James Wilson, Marianne (Dan) Wilson Male and Timothy (Anita) Mack Wilson. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Adam Wilson, Holly Wilson, Rachel Wilson, Kevin Wilson, James Male and Leah Male; and two great-grandchildren, Aubree Schwarz and Evelyn Sibley.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 64 years, Mary Kathleen Reifensynder Wilson; his parents, Masclet Wilson of Scottish/Welsh heritage and Ina O. Curry of German heritage.
Jim grew up in Delaware County during the Depression era as an only child and attended a small school close to his father’s farm near Sunbury, Ohio. He graduated from Sunbury High School in 1939, and then received his bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from Ohio State in 1944. He later went on to obtain a master’s degree in Science from Antioch College in 1972.
Jim joined the Navy in 1944 and served in the Pacific Theatre as radio operator aboard the Mona Lisa, which rescued many sailors after “Halsey’s Typhoon.” He was introduced to a beautiful young bookkeeper from Canton, Kathleen, through a mutual friend in 1944 and began a two-year courtship. Upon his discharge in 1946, they were married at Willard, Ohio, on Dec. 21, 1946.
Jim was active in farming and education all of his life. His first job was teaching vocational agriculture at Brown High School in Kilburn and later worked for the Farmers Home Administration in Holmes County. In 1958, he moved to a 165-acre farm on Martinsburg Road, near Utica, Ohio, where he lived for next 50 years — farming crops, milking cows and raising beef cattle. During that time, he also held teaching positions at Bladensburg Elementary and Mount Vernon Middle School. He worked until he was 84.
Jim joined the Alpha Gamma Sigma Ag Fraternity while at Ohio State, and became a member of the Farm Bureau Association in 1958. In 1962, he became involved with barbershop harmony singing and joined the Newark chapter. The annual shows were special events for him and he was able to attend the international show in 1982. He also liked to help young people, either students or being a mentor to his wife’s Girl Scout troop. He was the everlasting image of the American farmer — always hardworking and a helping neighbor.
Above all, he was a committed father — providing his kids with opportunities he did not have and always supporting them the best way he knew how. He was a very proud father and will be missed deeply.
Funeral services for James will be held at Brucker & Kishler Funeral Home in Newark on May 25 at 11 a.m., with internment to follow at Trenton Cemetery (Hartford Road). Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on May 24 and 9 to 11 a.m. on May 25 at the funeral home. A gathering of family and friends will be held at Condit Presbyterian Church immediately following the gravesite service.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Land of Legends Barbershop Chorus.
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