Wilson, Rev. William R.


Rev. William R. Wilson, 91, formerly of Beaver, passed away Wednesday October 7 in his home in Monroeville surrounded by his loving family.

Born January 6, 1929 in West Reading, PA, he was the son of the late William and Mildred Bailey Wilson.

Rev. Wilson served as a pastor for more than 40 years at United Methodist churches in McKeesport, California and Washington PA, Ingomar, Oakmont and Beaver, where he retired and lived for more than 30 years. He was a lifelong Rotarian serving as Rotary president in California and Beaver.

A graduate of Lafayette College and Wesley Theological Seminary, he later earned a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Surviving him are his wife Mary Jane Rhodes Wilson, sons William (Debra) Wilson of North Huntingdon, PA and John (Barbara) Wilson of Cherry Hill, NJ; grandchildren Ellen, Matthew, Abby, Luke, Valerie and Julia, and great-granddaughter Anne Teresa. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Jack Wilson.

The family will have a private family graveside service at Beaver Cemetery. If desired, the family suggest contributions be made to the College Avenue United Methodist Church, 345 College Ave. Beaver, PA 15009 or the First United Methodist Church, 1406 Cornell St. #1, McKeesport, PA 15132.

Professional services were entrusted to Todd Funeral Home, 340 Third Street, Beaver.