Estill Wilson, of Shelby, was born November 10, 1936 at Insko, Morgan County, Kentucky and passed from his earthly home on January 8, 2013 at Med Central Mansfield Hospital.
He was one of six children born to Chadman Rollen and Walsa Lee (Bradley) Wilson. He graduated from Morgan County High School in West Liberty, KY where he enjoyed playing basketball. He served in the United States Army in the Eighth Infantry Division from May 1955 to November 1957 when he was discharged with honor. Most of his army service was in Heidelberg and Stuttgart, Germany as an Army truck driver.
After his Army service, he worked for a while with his father in the oil fields of Pike County, KY. Most of his working years were with the Tappan Company in Mansfield, OH where he was a supervisor for many years and a member of the Quarter Century Club. He retired from Tappan in 1994.
He was an outstanding bowler on the Tappan bowling league where he won many trophies. He loved golf and was a member of the Shelby Country Club for over 30 years. He won many trophies over the years in drag racing, bowling and golfing. But he was most proud of the trophy given to him by his twin sisters-in-law, Rita Whitney and Linda McLin, for being a cancer survivor. He enjoyed the beauty of the golf course and after he retired, he worked at the Shelby Country Club where he took pride in keeping the course beautiful by mowing grass there for several years.
His other interests and hobbies included drag racing in his younger days, fishing on Lake Erie, camping and fishing trips to Canada. He and his wife, Roberta, kept a camper and pontoon boat at Pleasant Hill Lake for many years where they and their daughter, Tammy, and her husband John, and grandsons, Slade and Will, spent many happy times together. He was a good card player sharing that hobby with his mother and dad, brothers and sisters, and friends.
Estill was a skilled target shooter at turkey shoots. He enjoyed being outdoors in the beauty of nature in the woods. He went on hunting trips for deer and rabbit which he usually gave to someone for food.
Estill was proud of his beagles. However, he loved his many rescued cats that he and his wife shared their home with over the years, especially, Stormy, Pandy and Tippy. He loved the beauty of roses and other flowers that he and Roberta grew. When his health permitted, he helped care for the Arabian mare that he bought for his daughter when she was a teenager and which they had for 29 years. Estill and Roberta enjoyed helping with the horses and children when they volunteered with the Raemelton Therapeatic Equestrian Center.
He was a member of the Shelby Moose Lodge for several years as well as the Owls Club and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He enjoyed his many friends in each club. Estill was always ready and willing to help his friends and he appreciated his many kind and helpful friends in return.
Estill married his loving wife, the former Roberta McLin in 1965. They were united in marriage by Rev. Charles L. Brooks in the First Christian Church of Morehead, KY. They have one child, Tammy (John) Magers and two grandsons, Jonathan Slade Magers and Wilson Will Harris Magers who gave him so much love and joy in his life. One of his greatest joys was seeing them swim in their pool and drive his boat. He was so proud of them both and loved each of them so much – they were truly the apples of his eyes.
Also surviving are two brothers: Danny (Ruby ) Wilson of Campton, KY and Jimmy (Bonnie) Wilson of Bethlehem, TN; a sister: Kaye Wilson of Shelby, OH; 3 sisters-in-law: Rita (Chuck) Whitney of Howard, OH, Linda McLin of Mt. Vernon, OH, Jean Gleason of Huntington, WV; Many nieces and nephews.
Preceding Estill in death were his parents, Chad and Walsa Wilson; a sister, Wanda Faye Moyer; and a brother, John M. Wilson.
Friends may call on Friday, January 11, 2013 from 5-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, where funeral services will be held on Saturday at 10:30 AM with Rev. James Forrest officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby. Memorial expressions may be made to S.T.O.P. (Stop the Over Population of Pets), The Richland County Humane Society or an animal charity of the donor’s choice.
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