Obituary for John J. Wilson (1932-2021)
John J. Wilson, age 88, formerly of King of Prussia, passed away while praying on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at Spring Mill Senior Living, where he has been a resident since May of 2020. Born in Philadelphia, John was the son of the late Howard Joseph Wilson and the late Marie (nee Diamond) Wilson, the devoted husband of the late Frances T. (nee Costa) Wilson, the loving father of Diane Capinski Speer (the late Jack J.) and Donna Meyer (Mark), the adoring grandfather of Jacqueline Hauser (Daniel), Stephanie Jones (Justin) and the late Jessica Kosluk, the cherished great-grandfather of Jailyn Kosluk, Jake Hauser, Kassidy Hauser and Carter Jones and the treasured brother of his late sister Marie Mecchella.
John was a graduate of West Catholic High School, Class of 1951 and also went to college for some time. He worked at Lee Tire as a label designer for over 18 years, then as a maintenance manager at The Court in King of Prussia, Valley Forge Casino as a security guard and then was a crossing guard for Upper Merion until he finally retired in 2017. He enjoyed reading and doing crossword puzzles and was a long-time devout member of Mother of Divine Providence Church, but his life will be remembered as a Marine. John enlisted in The United States Marine Corps in June of 1952, serving until June of 1955. He earned the rank of Sergeant and received the Korean Service Medal with 2 stars, The U.N. Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Korean PUC. He was a proud member of The Marine Corps League, serving in the Color Guard, as Chaplain, Paymaster and Commandant.
Relatives and friends are invited to his viewing on Friday, January 8, from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. at The Bernard S. Gutkowski Funeral Home, 305 Jefferson Street, Swedesburg, Upper Merion Twp., PA 19405, 610-275-6385, Keith J. Murphy, F.D., www.gutkowskifuneralhome.com followed by his Funeral Mass, also on Friday, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Mother of Divine Providence Church, 333 Allendale Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406. Interment will be in Valley Forge Memorial Gardens. The family, in lieu of flowers, would appreciate memorial donations to Marine Corps League, Valley Forge Detachment #312, c/o Eugene Irvin, PO Box 135, Norristown, PA 19401.
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Marine Corps League, Valley Forge Detachment #312
c/o Eugene Irvin, PO Box 135, Norristown PA 19401