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Friday, August 22, 2014

Richard L. Wilson, 78, of Smethport, PA

Richard L. Wilson, 78, of Smethport, PA, died Friday (August 22, 2014) in the Lakeview Senior Care & Living Ctr., Smethport.

US Air Force

He was born April 13, 1936 in Cyclone, a son of Albert J. and G. Maxine Knight Wilson. In September, 1966, in Olean, NY, he married Dorothy Welch, who survives.

Mr. Wilson was a Airman 2nd Class in the U.S. Air Force, serving from 1954 to 1957.

He was a Laborer for many years employed by Petro-Wax, then International Waxes, of Farmers Valley, PA. He retired in 1998.

He was a member of the Hilltop Volunteer Fire Dept., the American Legion; Bucktail Post #138 of Smethport, and the VFW Post #2497 of Smethport.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by:

two daughters: Sharon Packer of Shinglehouse and Carol (Bill) Taylor of Smethport

two sons: Russell L. (Valerie) Wilson of West Virginia and Albert C. "Al" (Sherry) Wilson of Tampa, FL

13 Grandchildren and several Great Grandchildren

one sister: Ann Umpleby of Kane, PA, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Debbie Jones of Sebring, FL and two brothers: Donald and Jon Wilson.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA, where funeral services will be conducted by the family on Wednesday at 11 A.M., in the funeral home. Burial will be in the McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 1128 State St., Suite 301, Erie, PA 16501-1920. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

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