Peabody — Henry A Wilson, 86, of Peabody, died on Sunday morning, with his family by his side, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, following a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of the late Katherine (Dluznieska) Wilson, who passed away this past May.
Born in Harlaton, Texas, he was the son of the late Foster and Gladys (Phillips) Wilson. He was raised and educated in Texas, and upon marrying his wife, moved to Peabody, where he has lived for the past 63 years.
Henry was a veteran of World War II, who served with the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in February 1949. Following the war, Henry was employed with the Boston Naval Shipyard as a planner and estimator for 27 years before he retired in 1984.
He was a life member of the VFW and DAV and the Elks Club, all in Peabody. He was a lover of animals, but what he cherished most was spending time with his children, and later, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Henry is survived by his children and their spouses, Richard and Helen Wilson of Arizona, Karen Wilson, and Laurel and George Gongas, all of Peabody; his grandchildren, Mark, Timothy, and John Wilson, Stephen and Matthew DiMarzio, Meredith Renschler, Katherine Woodard, Kelly Wilson, Daniel Krawczyk, Kendra White, Geoffrey and William Gongas, and Jaime Cruz; 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Jan and her husband, Bill Ridgeway of Texas; a brother, Rev. Dan Manuel and his wife, Audrey, of Texas; his son-in-law, Daniel DiMarzio of Burlington; a sister-in-law, Debbie Manuel of Texas; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a son, Paul Wilson; a daughter, Julie DiMarzio; and his siblings, John Manuel, Bobby Jean Ethridge, Stella Marie Cartwright, and Lennie Jones.
ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral will be held on Tuesday, at 11:30 a.m., at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn Street, Peabody, to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held on Monday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101 A First Ave., Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451. Visit www.ccbfuneral.com for directions and his obituary.