Thomas Edward Wilson

Born: Fri., Mar. 12, 1948
Died: Sun., Mar. 31, 2019


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Apr. 05, 2019
Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Funeral Service

10:30 AM Sat., Apr. 06, 2019
Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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Thomas Edward Wilson, 71, died March 31, 2019 with family by his side in Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Tom was born March 12, 1948, in Sturgis, Michigan to Loyal Iddings and Trois Gertrude (Wagner) Wilson. He grew up in South Bend, Indiana. While attending Hanover College he met then married Hope Hammond, his wife of 48 years.

After graduating from Indiana University Law school, Tom and Hope moved to Angola, Indiana. Tom spent most of his career as a Steuben County prosecuting attorney.

Tom was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was an Eagle Scout and contributed to Scouting throughout his life. He was an avid cyclist and loved being outdoors; he was often out in the woods, looking for tree branches that could be made into one of his carved walking sticks.

He is survived by his wife Hope Wilson of Angola; his brothers Robert (Connie) Wilson of Hudson, William (Bobbie) Wilson of Nappanee and Richard (Christine) Wilson of Smithfield, Rhode Island; his five children, Jack (Trina) Wilson of Cary, North Carolina , Ted (Anna) Wilson of Telluride, Colorado, Pete Wilson of Aurora, Colorado, Joe (Grace) Wilson of Provo, Utah and Ellen (Julian) Thayn of Salt Lake City, Utah; his ten grandchildren, Ian, Addison, Jaron, Sentry, Gage, Lou, Tommy, Ella, Jack, and Josie; and an abundance of Imlers, Van Valkenburghs, Weltys, McPhersons, Scofields, Nickersons and Hammonds. He loved his family and they were blessed by his life.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral Services will be at 10:30 AM on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1508 Williams Street, Angola, Indiana with President Wayne McBride officiating. Private burial will be in Block Cemetery, Salem Township, Steuben County, Indiana.

Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Friday, April 5, 2019 at the Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints in Angola.

In lieu of flowers, donations might be made in his name to the Boy Scouts of America, Anthony Wayne Area Council, 8315 W. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46804.  Please specify the “Send a Scout to Camp” fund.

Charitable donations may be made in Thomas's memory to the following organization:

Boy Scouts of America
Please specify "Send a Scout to Camp" Fund.
Anthony Wayne Area Council, 8315 W. Jefferson BLVD., Fort Wayne IN 46804

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Randy and Cheryl Eyster
   Posted Tue April 02, 2019
So very sorry to hear about Tom! Praying for comfort and peace for you and your family Hope.

Tom and Susan Miller
   Posted Tue April 02, 2019
Dear Wilson Family,

Your loss is felt by all who knew Tom. He was a very intelligent, trustworthy and kind. He served Steuben County well for many years as prosecutor and helped so many people with his good deeds and big heart. His love for Hope, and his children shined through in everything he did in his life. His legacy of good works lives on, through the lives he touched, and through you his family.
Much Love, and our deepest sympathy to you all.

Charlene Slagle
   Posted Wed April 03, 2019
So very, very sorry.

John & Gwen Nigro
   Posted Wed April 03, 2019
Hope our prays are with you and your family in the death of Tom. He was a big help to us with the help he provided to our son Zach and will always be remembered for this. He was a caring man
Please give my thoughts to Pete also.

Asonya & Gary Brown
   Posted Thu April 04, 2019
Dear Hope & Wilson Family,

It was a shock to hear of Tom's passing. He enjoyed life, his family and friends to the fullest. He gave of himself & his knowledge to so many who knew him.
Our hearts are with you during this time & in the difficult days ahead. We wish there were words to ease your sorrow but know from experience that there are none.


Asonya & Gary Brown

James Burniston
   Posted Fri April 05, 2019
So sorry for your loss.

Terry and Nancy Jones
   Posted Fri April 05, 2019
We're so sorry to hear of Tom's passing. He was always so helpful to everyone he knew and a very great man. He will be greatly missed.

Joe and Karen Montoya
   Posted Sat April 06, 2019
Hope, we are so sorry to hear about Tom’s passing. He was such a great man and a wonderful friend to all our family. Our thoughts are with you the your children at this time. Love Joe, Karen and family

Sandy Whitney Stilley
   Posted Sat April 06, 2019
I often think of Tom and his beautiful family. I worked with him in his private practice office for almost three years. I may have never left if it wasn’t for the office closing soon. Tom showed me he cared about means a person. One day, he called me and told me not to attempt to come to work because the roads were too bad. I drove a Ford Mustang at the time which was rear wheel drive. I recall another time where my car was stuck in our driveway on a little patch of snow. I recall Tom coming outside and rocking back and forth. He got it unstuck. I remember he came to my wedding at Pokagon State Park along with Hope and Ellen. He was very family oriented, very laid back, and so caring. We often went to meet clients to sign wills and/or healthcare documents. I loved working for and with Tom. I have so much admiration and respect for Tom! Many fond memories and I will treasure them always. Prayers to the Wilson family and all that are saddened by Tom’s passing. His legacy will live on forever in all that were blessed to know him. He was an excellent teacher in the legal field and I was always eager to learn as much as I could. I’m beginning my path to become an attorney. I’m very blessed that our paths crossed and I truly believe I’m a better person for knowing Tom. He was and is the best man I’ve ever met hands down. I often say they don’t make men or or many men like him.

Jim & Joan Skelton
   Posted Sat April 13, 2019
We were so shocked and sad this week to hear of Toms passing. He was such a good man and we are glad we had some time with him. Our sympathies and prayers for peace to you and your family.

David Kruse/Kruse & Kruse P.C.
   Posted Wed May 08, 2019
Sorry cannot make the memorial on May 10th. I have known Tom and his family many years back when his dad and mine were friends. Tom has stood for Truth and Justice as an attorney. He will be missed.