John C. Wilson, age 93, formerly of Eagle St., Greenville, passed away Thursday morning, July 12, 2018.
John was born on November 19, 1924 to Alfred and Dorothy (Young) Wilson. He was a 1942 graduate of Beaver Falls High School, attended Geneva College and received a B.S. Degree in Dairy Husbandry from Penn State University in 1948. John served in the U.S. Army with the 106th and 83rd Divisions, serving in Europe and on January 3, 1945 he was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge.
His military commendations included, the Combat Infantry Badge, Purple Heart and Bronze Star. On December 25, 1946 John married the former Margaret MacKenzie, she passed away on December 3, 2015. John began his working career in Beaver Falls, working in the family business Reed's Dairy and then spent two years with Morris Farms, Mansfield, PA, before moving to Greenville, PA to become the Manager of Green Valley Dairy Corp and then a year of employment with Greenville Dairy.
In 1959, he was hired as a Territory Manager for United Dairy Cooperative based in Mason City, Iowa and in 1967 he became a partner in Crest Foods in Ashton, IL. Then in 1987 at the age of 61, he became Sales Manager at Star Kay White in Congers, NY and at the age of 66, he founded his own company and became a Manufacturer's Rep for several companies representing the Dairy Industry.
In addition, John and his friend George Pisula, developed software for the dairy industry that is used for the calculation of formulas for ice cream, cultured products and milk. The software is used in more than 50 Dairies and Universities in the U.S. and abroad.
He was a member of the American Legion, Life member of the VFW, member of the 83rd Infantry Division Association, Life member of the Moose, DAV, International Food Technologist, New York State Sanitaritians and a member of First United Methodist Church, Greenville. On graduation from Penn State he was elected to the Gamma Sigma Delta and Phi Kappa Phi. He was a life member of Phi Tau Sigma Society, which is an honorary group of people who share their interest in Food Science.
Survivors include three sons; John M. Wilson of Moon Twp., Timothy A. Wilson of Apopka, FL and Matthew G. Wilson of Peters Twp.; four grandchildren; Nicholas Wilson, Alexandra (Wilson) Neubert, Zachary wilson and Morgan Wilson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and a brother; Glenn Wilson.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00am, Saturday, August 4, 2018 in the Keifer Building of St. Paul's. Greenville VFW Post #3374 will render military honors at the conclusion of the service. Inurnment will be in Seceder Cemetery, Darlington, PA.
Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 73 Clinton St., Greenville, PA 16125. Arrangements have been entrusted to Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville.