Donald W. Wilson
Donald W. Wilson, 91, of Ostrander died Saturday (Sept. 8, 2012) at his home.
He was born Feb. 8, 1921, in Watkins to Charles and Maude (Lynts) Wilson. He graduated from Ostrander High School. Don proudly served his country in U.S. Army with the 101st Airborne Division, took part in the Battle of the Bulge as well as jumping in Normandy, Bastogne and Belgium. He received the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster for being part of the 101st Airborne Division in Normandy in June 1944 and with the 501st Parachute Infantry in Holland in September 1944. Don was awarded two purple hearts with the Oak Leaf Cluster and Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster.
He joined the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) at the time of discharge from the U.S. Army, Delaware, Chapter 79. The DAV furnished cars and drivers for the Red Cross to recruit college girls from OWU to go to Chillicothe to visit veterans in the hospital there. He made several trips with Dan Ballinger, Carl Converse, Morris Shannon and others. At that time, the DAV also provided flags and honor guards for some of the Memorial Day services in the communities in Delaware County. Don was instrumental in making arrangements for several of those services in Ostrander, including giving the Memorial Day address in Powell, Dublin and Ostrander and also had the privilege of serving as the Commander of Chapter 79 at one time.
He made World War II presentations to several classes at Buckeye Valley schools and other area schools. He was appointed Postmaster of Ostrander in October 1949, serving the community until October 1977. To this day, many people, young and old, recall how they enjoyed coming to the post office and visiting with Don and that of course, made his day.
He served as a volunteer on the Scioto Township Fire Department from 1954 to 1977, becoming assistant chief in 1967 and retiring in 1977. Don and his wife, Gladys conducted a calendar drive for the fire department for several years. This calendar drive was a critical source of financial aid for the fire department.
He was instrumental in organizing the Ostrander 4th of July Parade and festivities. After many years of assisting with organizing together, Ed Johnson and Don served as the announcers of the parade. After Ed passed away, Don continued to serve as announcer up through 2008. Then in 2009, he was made the Grand Marshall of the 2009 parade. He had a fire truck dedicated to his honor which was in Ostrander 4th of July Parade.
Don was a member of the Ostrander Presbyterian Church serving in the offices of deacon, elder, trustee and Sunday school superintendent. He was a member of the Ostrander Senior Citizens and the Bellpoint K of P Lodge. A member of Ostrander Business Association since 1955, he served as president for three years. Several times, Dale George and Don were in charge of the hog roast for the annual June picnic. He served on the board of directors for the Delaware County Bank from 1965 when it was the Ostrander Banking Company until 1991, served as Jury Commissioner for Delaware County from 1988–2012 and member of the Delaware County Democratic Central & Executive Committees since 1983.
Don was well known in the Ostrander and Delaware communities and will be greatly missed by all.
He is survived by his daughter, Betty (William) Basham of Ostrander; a granddaughter, Barb (Jim) Torchia of Gahanna; grandson, William Camp; stepgrandchildren, Randy, Kim and Kraig Basham of Ashley and Ricky and Michelle Basham of Delaware; a great-granddaughter, Miquela Basham; nephew, Marvin Gamble of Marysville; and two nieces, Doris (Bill) Schrader of Marysville and Miriam (Paul) Engle of Washington Courthouse.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys on June 15, 2012.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Robinson Funeral Home, Delaware.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Ostrander Presbyterian Church with the Rev. John Groat officiating. Burial will follow in the Millcreek Cemetery where the Delaware County Veterans Association will conduct military honors.
A luncheon and celebration of life will follow at the Scioto Township Fire Department.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ostrander Presbyterian Church, 117 W. North St., Ostrander, OH 43061.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at robinsonfuneralhomeinc.com.