Rev. L. Michael Wilson, 64, Lafayette, died at 1:10 a.m. Friday, March 14, at his home. He was born July 7, 1949 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Homer L. and Ruby (Abney) Wilson.
Mike was a 1967 graduate of Woodward High School in Cincinnati, a 1971 graduate of Marion College (now Indiana Wesleyan University), Marion; and in 1975 he received his Masters of Divinity from the United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio. He married Ellen (Berghorn) Hickman at the Main Street United Methodist Church in Peru, on May 15, 2004. He was ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 1976. For 40 years, Mike pastored churches throughout northern Indiana, beginning in 1971. Most recently he pastored at Mier Community Church in Converse, until his retirement. He served as Program Coordinator for Miami County Tobacco Awareness Group since May 1, 2005. He enjoyed playing tennis, golf, guitar, and piano. He especially loved singing and playing music with Ellen.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen Wilson, Lafayette; his father, Homer L. Wilson, Cincinnati; his four children, Ryan (Sara) Hart, Fort Wayne, Jennifer (Ali) Mohandespour, Noblesville, Jonathan (Alyson) Wilson, LaVergne, Tenn., and David Wilson, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; three step-children, Benjamin (Heather) Hickman. Leesburg, Va., Jennifer (David) Huser, Westfield, and Timothy (Erin) Hickman, LaFontaine, and his six grandchildren, Carson, Spencer, and Marla Hart, Fort Wayne, Kilby Grace Wilson, LaVergne, Brody Thomas, Roanoke, and Jacob Papi, Fredericksburg, Va.; his sister, Sandra Wilson, Bethesda, Md.; a special family friend, Judy Baughin, and two brothers-in-law, Charles (Marland) Berghorn, Staatsburg, N.Y., and Edward (Emi) Berghorn, San Antonio, Texas. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruby Crystal Wilson, who died in 2007.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at Main Street United Methodist Church, 81 W. Main Street, Peru, with Pastor Dave Scifres officiating. Burial will be in Falls Cemetery, Wabash, at a later date. Friends may call from 5-7 p.m., Friday, March 21, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, and one hour prior to service Saturday at the church.
Preferred memorial is Main Street United Methodist Church, 81 West Main Street, Peru, or Mier Community Church, PO Box 94, Converse, Indiana 46919.
The memorial guest book for Mike may be signed at www.grandstaff-hentgen.com.