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Harold Wayne Wilson, aka Pete Wilson, 91, of Portersville passed away the afternoon of Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at Jameson Care Center, New Castle, Pa.
Harold was born on May 11, 1925, in Slippery Rock Township, Lawrence County. He was the son of the late Merle Ezekiel and Gertrude Alice (Harlan) Wilson.
Fifty-eight years ago, he married his beloved wife, Thelma Jane (Bickel), who survives at home.
Harold was a 1944 graduate of Princeton High School and Penn State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture husbandry in 1950.
He was a member of the Rose Point Presbyterian Church, where he served as a Deacon and former Treasurer. Harold was a member of the 4-H; Senior Extension Club; Dairy Herd Improvement Association, where he earned numerous awards in Dairy Production; the Laurel Travel Club; Holstein Association; Pennsylvania Farmers Association; and Penn State Alumni Association.
He owned and operated Many Springs Dairy Farm for many years.
He enjoyed family gatherings, sightseeing, annual PSU visits, telling stories/jokes and most of all walking through McConnell's Mill State Park.
Harold was an associate editor of a book and always had a love of writing. Harold has been a fan of Penn State Football and Pittsburgh Pirates over the years.
Harold is survived by five children Marjorie Raybuck (Roger) and their children: Suzanna, Brian, Henry, Yvette, Carla and Charles of Falls Creek, Pa.; William (Robin) and their children: Kevin and Aaron of Ellwood City, Pa.; David (Elizabeth) and their children: Sarah, Ethan, Zachary, Jacob and Benjamin of Portersville; MaryLou Niglio (James) and their children: Diane and Amanda of Mercer, Pa.; and Jerry (Marcy Dietrich) of Portersville.
He has 15 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, John Paul Wilson.
Family and friends will be received at the Smith Funeral Home, 421 New Castle St., Slippery Rock, Pa., on Sunday, May 14, 2017, from 2 until 6 p.m. A Memorial Service will be officiated by Rev. Charles Brown on Monday, May 15, at 11 a.m. at The Rose Point Reformed Presbyterian Church, 1166 Church Alley, New Castle, Pa. 16101.
Interment will be at the Slippery Rock Cemetery, Slippery Rock, Pa. Memorial Contributions may be given to Rose Point Reformed Presbyterian Church.
Published on May 10, 2017
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