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Jan Lynn (Morley) Wilson

April 10, 1949 ~ December 26, 2021 (age 72)

Obituary

ANGOLA – Jan Lynn (Morley) Wilson, 72, Angola, passed peacefully Dec. 26, 2021 at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne.
She was born April 10, 1949 to Robert and Ginger Morley of Hamilton. She lived her earthly life in Steuben County, where she was cherished by many as a mother, volunteer and teacher. She touched countless lives with her generous spirit and selfless sharing.
As a teenager, she worked at her family's restaurants, Top Hat and Big Boy. While waitressing at the Big Boy, she met the late David Ryan, father of her two sons.
An Angola High School graduate, Wilson attended Indiana Purdue University Fort Wayne, Purdue University and the University of St. Francis and held a master's degree. She taught elementary special education for three decades at the Metropolitan School District of Steuben County, offering the children not just an education but social experiences like summer Special OIympics state games in Terre Haute and an annual community Thanksgiving feast, prepared and served by the students themselves.
The Thanksgiving feast continued after her retirement, as she remained the director of Steuben County Special Olympics. She opened doors for her students and athletes and in the process awakened the community to the simple joy of sharing love.
As a young mother and teacher, Jan also worked as a waitress at John's Sports Bar and Captain's Cabin. She tended bar at the Clear Lake Yacht Club 2003-21, was an adjunct professor at Trine University and sold home-baked pies.
She was a song leader for Steuben County Girl Scouts and taught reiki. She was an active member of Angola United Methodist Church, chairing its memorials committee for many years, serving in leadership roles for the United Methodist Women and teaching the current issues Sunday school class the past several years. She was part of a team that established the church's food pantry.
Jan loved music and supported her sons' artistic endeavors. A first-chair clarinet player in college, she sang in the church choir and played in the bell choir. She met her husband, Mark, at the Wheatland Music Festival in Michigan, and the festival remained their passion through the years.
Her father taught her how to fly an airplane and she enjoyed golfing. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.
Surviving are her husband, Mark Wilson of Angola; two sons, Ruben Ryan of Waterloo, and David Brooke Ryan Jr. and his wife Amber of Fort Wayne; granddaughter, Zora; and stepmother Maxine Morley, Crooked Lake.
Her parents, brother Mack Morley and stepfather Robert Black preceded her in death.
A service will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Angola United Methodist Church, 220 W. Maumee St., Angola, Pastor Tim Terrell officiating, with visitation one hour prior to services. Visitation will also be Monday at the church, 3-7 p.m. The service will be recorded and made available on YouTube.
Memorial contributions may be made to Steuben County Special Olympics, 2805 N. 85W, Angola IN 46703, or the Jan Wilson Funeral Expense Fund at Farmers State Bank, Angola.
Weicht Funeral Home, Angola, is handling arrangements.

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Services

Visitation
Monday
January 3, 2022

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Angola United Methodist Church
220 W. Maumee Street
Angola, IN 46703

Visitation
Tuesday
January 4, 2022

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Angola United Methodist Church
220 W. Maumee Street
Angola, IN 46703

Funeral Service
Tuesday
January 4, 2022

1:00 PM
Angola United Methodist Church
220 W. Maumee Street
Angola, IN 46703

Donations

Steuben County Special Olympics
2805 N. 85 W., Angola IN 46703

Jan Wilson Funeral Expense Fund at Farmers State Bank

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