Francis ‘Frank’ Wilson, 91, WWII vet, Caterpillar Tractor manager, avid volunteer at Landis Homes

By on February 17, 2016

Francis “Frank” Wilson, 91, of Lititz, and formerly of York, passed away peacefully at Hospice and Community Care in Mount Joy on Feb. 8, 2016.

He was the husband of Wanda L. Piper Wilson, with whom he shared 69 years of marriage this past May 18. Born in Memphis, Tenn., he was the son of the late Richard L. and Josie Ohlhausen Wilson.

Frank had worked 31 years for Caterpillar Tractor Co., holding various management positions in both the Peoria, Ill., and York plants.

A U.S. Coast Guard veteran of World War II, he was a 1945 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, was commissioned as an Ensign, and later promoted to Lt (jg). He served in the South Pacific, the North Atlantic, and on the Great Lakes.

His numerous hobbies and interests included woodworking, traveling, camping, and model railroading. He was also very involved at Landis Homes where he volunteered and enjoyed making quilts with his wife for Project Linus, an organization who gives quilts and blankets to children in trauma centers and hospitals. Frank was a member of Highland Presbyterian Church.

In addition to his wife: Wanda; he is survived by his children: Jeff C., married to Gwen Wilson, of Newark, Del.; Jack L., married to Lorie Wilson, of Brownstown; and Jean L., married to Gordon Carver, of Ellington, Conn.; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brother: Richard F. Wilson.

Services were held Feb. 12 at the West Bethany Chapel at Landis Homes, Lititz,. Private interment was in Susquehanna Memorial Gardens, York.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Frank’s memory to the Landis Homes Caring Fund, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz, PA 17543.

To send an online condolence, visit snyderfuneralhome.com. Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, Lititz, handled the arrangements.

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