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Thomas James Wilson

Thomas James Wilson, 85, of Arthur, passed away at 11:38 p.m. on Friday, February 23, 2024 at Sullivan Healthcare and Rehab.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 2, 2024 at the Arthur United Methodist Church, 128 E. Illinois Street, with Pastor Jill Bunker officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral from 10:00-11:00 a.m. A private burial will be in the Arthur Cemetery.

Tom was born May 17, 1938 in Cuba, Illinois, the son of Thomas J. and Elizabeth Townsley Wilson. He married Janice K. Miller in Smithfield, Illinois on June 5, 1960.

Survivors include his wife, Janice K. Wilson of Arthur; daughter, Beth (Tim) Kinkelaar of Springfield; granddaughters, Allison (Nick) Kinkelaar Waters of Springfield; Kaitlyn Wilson of Monee; grandsons, Mathias (Courtney) Kinkelaar of Belle Rive; and Garrett (Nichole) Kinkelaar of St. Louis, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his son, Neil Wilson; 2 sisters, Marilyn Carpenter and Aileen Wageneck; and brother, Bill Wilson.

Tom graduated from Cuba High School in the Class of 1956 and Western Illinois University in1960. He was employed by USI/Quantum in Tuscola and Port Arthur, Texas for 34 years as the Purchasing Manager. He then moved to Cincinnati Corporate Office where he was the National Accounts Manager.

Tom was a member of the Arthur United Methodist Church and formerly a member of the National Purchasing Association.

Tom, Phil Kitchen, and the late Ernie Bartholomew started the Tri-County Shrine Club where Tom served as president for several years and was known for his famous fish fries. He enjoyed playing golf at the Kaskaskia Country Club since 1966 and was a St. Louis Cardinals Fan.

Memorials are suggested to the Arthur United Methodist Church.

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