James Wilson, 70

James Owen Wilson, 70, Urbana, died at 10 a.m., Sunday, June 1, at his home. He was born March 4, 1944 in Nashville, Tenn. to Owen and Peggy (Vantrease) Wilson.

Jim was a 1962 graduate of Noble High School. He married Karen Frieden in Urbana, on June 14, 1964, and would have celebrated 50 years of marriage in two weeks.  He was an electrician at Container Corporation in Wabash for 43 years, retiring in 2008.  Jim was a member of the Urbana Yoke Parish, the Urbana Lions Club, and a lifetime member of the Paper Workers Union. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, trap shooting, playing softball at the park, bowling, and playing golf, prior to his life changing accident in 1976.  He did it all and enjoyed life to the fullest.  Afterwards, Jim was a good joke teller, prankster, enjoyed riding his golf cart, and was the unofficial "Mayor of Urbana". He was a lifelong Minnesota Vikings fan.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Wilson, Urbana; two daughters, Angela (Steve) Sommer, Greenfield, Danielle (Joe Wright) Vidaurre, Indianapolis; four grandchildren, Korie Nealis, Urbana, Kendra Nealis, Greenfield, Andrea Vidaurre and Nicole Vidaurre, both of Indianapolis; two great-grandchildren, Kensley Merrill and Jorie Nealis, and his sister, Sylvia (Bob) Sriver, Wabash. He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Tom Wilson.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 5, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, 1241 Manchester Avenue, Wabash, with Joe Helt and Brian Chamberlain officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are the Urbana Lions Club or the Urbana Yoke Parish.

The memorial guest book for Jim may be signed at

Posted on 2014 Jun 03