Major Verle Wilson, 78, formerly of Princeton passed away Saturday Oct. 6, 2012 at the home of his son in Vincennes.


He was born Dec. 1, 1933 in Kokomo to Leo Verle and Sarah Leona (Carpenter) Wilson. 


Verle was a retired minister with the rank of Major in the Salvation Army, retiring in 1996 after 35 years of service. He continued his ministry for a total of 51 years of service, touching countless lives. He had lived in Vincennes for the past two years, moving there from Peru.  He had lived in many cities in Indiana and a short time in Michigan.

He was a collector of Coca Cola memorabilia.


He is survived by his two sons, Donald Lee Wilson of Culver; Major Timothy Verle Wilson (Kathy) of Vincennes; a daughter, Patricia Anne Wilson of Mt. Carmel, Ill.; two foster daughters, June Ann Riley of Evansville and Jeanette Taber of Phoenix, Ariz., 14 grandchildren, including Matthew Verle Wilson whom he raised, and several great grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of nearly 42 years, Margaret A. Wilson who passed away April 3, 1998, two brothers, Edwin and Richard Wilson and a sister Marilyn Broshock


Funeral Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday Oct. 10, 2012 at the Princeton Salvation Army Church, 206 S. Gibson St. with Major Timothy Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in the Columbia “White” Church Cemetery


Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Colvin Funeral Home in Princeton and from 9 a.m. until service time at the church on Wednesday