Thomas T. “Ted” Wilson, 76, of Cridersville, died at 8:28 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at Kindred of Lima. He suffered with COPD and emphysema for several years, and it finally took his life.
He was born in New Boston on Sept. 16, 1938, a son of the late Thomas Alexander Wilson and Georgia Edna Throckmorton Wilson Arick.
On June 26 2013, he married his best friend and companion of 18 years, Joyce Wittler Knippen in Las Vegas and she survives, along with a son, Mark Phillip Wilson of East Liberty; a daughter, Patricia Ann Kauffman of Bellefontaine; stepchildren, Lori (Steve) Beining of Cloverdale, Cheryl (Rick) Hellman of Delphos, Todd (Linda) Knippen of Ft. Jennings, Molly (Kevin) Hoersten of Ft. Jennings and Chad (Laura) Knippen of Ottoville; grandchildren, Eva (Dylon) Woodruff, Emma Wilson, Levi Kauffman, Wade Kauffman, and Ryan Kauffman; stepgrandchildren, Morgan Beining, Taylor Beining, Sarah Hellman, Kyle Hellman, Brooke Hellman, Kasey Knippen, Nikki Knippen, Evan, Hoersten, Adam Hoersten, Aidan Hoersten, Erica Knippen and Colin Knippen; great-granddaughters, Rylee Mae Woodruff and Rory Lynn Woodruff; cousins, Linda Ann (Rodney) Preston of Peoria, David (Kathy) Ratliff of Columbus and Emory Wilson.
He loved telling jokes and stories, especially from the past and making people laugh. He adored his five Jack Russell terriers, with Ginger being his dearest.
He and Joyce traveled many times to Mexico, especially loving Cancun. They also treasured their time in Las Vegas.
He served four years in the United States Air Force, where he was stationed in Scotland. He retired from the Lima Ford Engine Plant in February 2000.
He enjoyed fishing and was a member of the American Legion 96 and the Eagles Aerie Lodge 370 both of Lima.
A graveside service with military rites is at a later date in East Liberty Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, the local humane society, or to the charities of the donors' choices.
Condolences may be shared at www.BayliffAndSon.com.