Absalom Wilson, 99, of Rome City died Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010 at 1:55 a.m. in Lakeland Nursing Center in Angola.
Mr. Wilson was a 1929 graduate of Chippewa High School in Wabash County and received his bachelorâ€™s degree in 1933 from Indiana Central College.
He served as a civilian employee at Bunker Hill Naval Air Base in Peru during World War II. He was also a school teacher at Chippewa High School and Linlawn High School in Wabash County and Peru High School, Brook High School, Larwill High School and Rome City High School, retiring from teaching in 1973. He coached basketball, track, football, baseball and cross country.
He was a member of Rome City Lions Club, Masonic Lodge 451 in Rome City, Masonic Lodge 276 in Kendallville and the Rome City United Methodist Church.
His hobbies include fishing, hunting, golfing and needlepoint.
He was born April 8, 1911, in Wabash to Absalom and Elizabeth (Working) Wilson. He married Elizabeth L. â€śBettyâ€ť Felton; they were married 68 years before she preceded him in death in 2002.
Surviving are three sons, Edwin L. (Nancy) Wilson of Fremont, David R. (Camille) Wilson of Kendallville and Rev. Stanley R. (Mary) Wilson of Rome City; one daughter, Marilyn E. â€śLynnâ€ť (James) Simons of Hamilton; 15 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a daughter, Lois Diane Harvey on Dec. 16, 1978; one sister; and eight brothers.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in Rome City United Methodist Church with Rev. Stanley R. Wilson and Pastor Barbara Cross officiating.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Friday at the church. Burial will be in Orange Cemetery near Rome City.
Memorials are to Rome City United Methodist Church Building Fund.
Services are by Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 S. State St. Kendallville, IN. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.youngfamilyfuneralhome.com.