|Harold Dean Wilson went to be with his beloved Lord on March 4, 2012, at the age of 81.
He has been a resident of Galesburg since his family moved from Prairie City when he was 13. He was born to Ghlee and Louise (Ethington) Wilson, who preceded him in death. He married Bettylou (Norris) on August 22, 1953, she survives him. He is also survived by two daughters, Becky (Sam) Der Yeghiayan and Syndi (Brad) Johnson. Survivors include four grandchildren, Tara (Jim), Jared (Kim), Megan, and Andrew, as well as two great-grandsons, Tyrus and Eliot, all of whom brought him much joy. Also surviving him are his four siblings, Betty (Edward) Britton, MarthaTalbert, Howard (Mary) Wilson, and Larry (Janet) Wilson, brother-in-law Donald (Joyce) Norris, as well as many nieces and nephews.
He served in the US Navy for three years during the Korean Conflict as 3rd Class Petty Officer.
Harold was owner of Harold Wilson Realty for 36 years, retiring in December 1993. He also was the Vice President of real Estate for the former Fidelity Federal Savings and Loan from 1984 - 1991. Fidelity Federal Savings and Loan as a vice president in charge of property. He graduated from Galesburg high School in 1948, Mid-state Real Estate in 1961 and Illinois Realtors Institute in 1967. After his retirement, he worked for HInchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Home for several years. Harold was a 30 year member of the Lions Club and a charter member of the Galesburg Knox County Economic Development Council. He was a charter member and past chairman of the Galesburg Multiple Listing Services. He was past president of the Galesburg Realtors for 22 years. He served as chairman on the Knox County Board from 1978-82, President of the Galesburg Sanitary District and Director of the Galesburg Credit Bureau. Harold helped coordinate President Ronald Reagan's campaign in 1980 for Knox County. He was also involved in establishing the Ronald Reagan Trail. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, serving as deacon, Sunday school teacher and participated in the Hilltoppers. He was also a member of the Gideons International for 10 years.
Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at Bethel Baptist Church. Reverend Lee Johnson will officiate. Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church or Gideons International. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com