James Bruce Wilson

James Bruce Wilson, age 88 of Tecumseh, formerly of Clinton, died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 at home with his family by his side. He was born October 16, 1932 in Adrian, the son of the late Charles C. and Tressie Mae (Schaffer) Wilson. On December 18, 1954 in Portland, Maine, he married Ethel Mae O’Reilly and they shared 66 years together.

James proudly served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard. He retired from Chrysler Proving Grounds in 1990 after 30 years. He was a lifetime member of the Clinton Masonic Lodge and was a Shriner. He served for many years on the Clinton School Board and was a former President. James also served on the Village of Clinton Council and was a lifetime member of the Tecumseh Club. His passion in life was doing woodworking. He loved to go fishing, hunting, and spending time working in his yard and garden.

Besides his wife Ethel, he is survived by a daughter, Debralee (Jonathan) Gilbey of Raisin Twp.; two sons, James Charles (Nancy) Wilson of Port St. Lucie, Fla. and Tim (Irena Studnicka) Wilson of Harrison Twp; six grandchildren, Jason, Bryan and James Gilbey, Tori and Jacob Wilson and Joshua Wilson; and a cousin Louise Faling of Tecumseh. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Larry D. Wilson.

A private memorial service will be held at the Clinton Chapel of Handler Funeral Homes. Inurnment will be in Riverside Cemetery in Clinton. Memorial contributions may made to Shriners Children’s Hospital and Hospice of Lenawee. Online condolences may be offered to the family at handlerfuneralhomes.com.


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