Robert J. Wilson, 90, of Marietta, Ohio and formerly of Beallsville, Ohio, answered his final call in the early hours of September 5, 2022 after a short illness. Robert was born June 3, 1932, along with his identical twin, Richard, to Charles “Dutch” Wilson and Alice Moore Wilson of Jerusalem, Ohio.
Robert was a proud US Air Force Veteran serving during the Korean War as a member of the 422nd Air Police Squadron. It was there that he got his first taste of law enforcement and helping others. That passion translated into his job of working security and as a first responder at the former ORMET Corporation near Hannibal, and later at the former Conalco facility as fire inspector, being a volunteer Fireman and EMT, serving as a Special Deputy and then as Sheriff of Monroe County, then completing his career in a job he always said was “too good to be true,” working for South-Central Power. Robert enjoyed music, particularly Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra and also hymns, reading the newspaper and watching the news, watching the Ohio State Buckeyes, and shopping for cars. Robert also served on the Switzerland of Ohio Board of Education, the Board of Trustees of Barnesville Hospital, was the Monroe County Emergency Management Director for several years, and was a member of Sunsbury Lodge #362, F&AM.
In addition to his parents, Dutch and Alice Wilson, Robert was proceeded in death by his wife of 61 years, Jean Archer Wilson, by his twin brother, Richard Wilson, also by an infant brother, Donald Wilson. Left to cherish his memory are his youngest brother, David Wilson of Barnesville; his two sons, Chuck Wilson (Michaeleen Sheesley) of Cameron, Ohio; and Mark Wilson (Lisa Smith) of Orrville, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Steve, Megan (Chris) Bowman, Katheryn, Connor, Luke (Dana) Wilson, Trevor, and Colton; two great-grandchildren, Weston and Jaxton; also, many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Family and friends will be received at the McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home in Marietta, Ohio Wednesday, September 7, 2022 from 5 – 8 p.m. Friends will then be received at the Wilson Funeral Home - Harper Chapel, Beallsville, Ohio on Thursday, September 8, 2022 from 6 – 9 p.m., where funeral services will be held Friday, September 9, 2022 at 11 a.m. with Mark Zimmer officiating. Burial will follow in Jerusalem Cemetery with full military honors by American Legion Post 768 along with the US Air Force Honor Guard.