Wilson Place, 95, of Place Road, Tunkhannock Township, passed away at his home Wednesday morning, June 18, 2008.
He was born on Dec. 4, 1912, in East Lemon to Harvey and Florence (Wilson) Place. In 1961, he was married to Edna Mae Stonier, who died in 1993.
Wilson was raised in the East Lemon Methodist Church and was an avid supporter of its programs up unto his last day. He had previously been a member of the Mehoopany Baptist Church.
Wilson went through the one-room school at East Lemon, and helped out on the family farm after finishing eighth grade.
During World War II, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps where he served as a gunnery sergeant. After his stint in the service, he did construction work and had a hand in helping to build the Charmin Paper Products plant that is now known as Procter & Gamble-Mehoopany. He also served as a rural mail carrier on the old RD 4 Tunkhannock route.
He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman who enjoyed riding his quad up the mountain into his 90s so he could keep an eye on God’s creation. He was considered an outstanding baseball player in his youth, playing for East Lemon’s village team in the 1920s and 1930s, and helping to teach youngsters in later years the basics of the game. He enjoyed watching the Atlanta Braves.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, Lester; and sisters Ariette, Marie, Mary and Vannie.
He is survived by a stepdaughter, Margaret Curtis; stepgrandson Donald Curtis III and his wife, Terri (and their children Donald IV and Danielle); step-granddaughter Pam and her husband, Jim Keller; and grandnieces and grandnephews.
A private graveside service was held in Sunnyside Cemetery on Friday. A memorial service is being planned at the East Lemon United Methodist Church at a date to be announced.
Arrangements by the Harding-Litwin Funeral Home, 123 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock.
Memorial contributions may be made to the East Lemon United Methodist Church, 1174 Avery Station Rd., Factoryville, PA 18419.