Clifford “Curley” Wilson, 88 of Elyria Township, Ohio, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2020, at Mercy New Life Hospice, Lorain, Ohio.
He was born in Cherry Tree, and had been a resident of Elyria and Elyria Township since 1951.
Curley proudly served in the U.S. Army stationed at Moses Lake Washington. He was employed by several machine shops in Elyria, including Brown Fin Tube, Lear, and Ridge Tool. In 1971, he founded C.E. Machine Products in Elyria Township, which he operated for 25 years. He sold the business in 1996 the same year he retired. Early in his retirement, he spent a lot of time in Red Brush at his hunting camp.
His wife (Elaine) often told the story of how he only ever shot one turkey and that was because he was napping in the woods and woke to find the gobbler standing at his feet. Curley was an avid league bowler at Stoney’s and Redman’s for many years. Up until a few years ago, he was still buying and selling machines, never losing his entrepreneurial spirit!
Survivors include his son, Clifford E. (Melanie); daughter-in-law, Julee Wilson; grandchildren, Jessica Sen (Jerry), William Cody Wilson (Meredith); great-granddaughter, Josephine Ruth Sen; step-grandchildren Jessica, Jacquelyn, Jason and Janice; 13 step-great-grandchildren; and sister, Dorothy Judson.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Mary Elaine (Hritcko) in 2018; daughter, Deidre Anne (1957); son, Timothy Edward (2016); his parents, Wilbert Wilson and Audrey (Rummel) Getty; stepfather, Bill Getty; and brothers, James Wilson and Billy Getty.
A private graveside service will be held at St. Michael’s Orthodox Greek Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home, Clymer.
The family would like to thank the staff at Mercy New Life Hospice for their wonderful care. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Curley’s memory to Mercy New Life Hospice, c/o Mercy Health Foundation, 360 Cleveland Ave., Amherst, Ohio 44001.
Online condolences may be offered by visiting: www.rbfh.net.