WILSON, John "Lec" of Hopkins, Michigan, age 86, passed away Friday, January 20, 2012 at the Wings Home.


He was born January 17, 1926 in Patoka, Indiana, the son of the late Tom and Minerva (Elliott) Wilson.


He graduated from Mackey High School in Indiana. He worked for St. Regis Paper Company - Panylite Division in Kalamazoo for 18 years. He then worked for Wolverine Electric Company in Burnips, retiring after 25 years of service. He attended Hopkins United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Allegan. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, musician and made muzzle loaders.


He was married to Irene (Taylor) Wilson on August 12, 1949; she survives him. Surviving besides his wife are two sons, John (Jan) Wilson II and Larry (Renee') Wilson, both of Hopkins; one daughter, Marsha Palenick of Hopkins; five grandchildren, Lynn (Kyle), Amanda, T.J., Lacey and Lexie; four great grandchildren, Madison, Elijah, Layla and Sophia; three brothers, Bill (Dorothy) Wilson of Allegan, Bob (Fran) Wilson of Florida and Chuck (Adelia) Davis of Texas; four sisters, June Krug of Hopkins, Joyce Ann Jones of Indiana, Carrie (John) Mulder of Allegan and Judy (Dennis) Kennedy of Hopkins; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.


He was preceded by two brothers, Russ Davis and Omer Wilson.


Friends may visit with the family from 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 PM on Sunday, January 22, 2012 at the Gorden Funeral Residence Hopkins Chapel ( 


Funeral service will take place at 11:00 AM on Monday, January 23, 2012 at the funeral home. Pastor Trayton Lull will officiate. Cremation will take place after the service and interment of ashes will be at Maplewood Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Wings Home.