Marvel Wilson Jr. | Fuel-firm owner, 82

Marvel Wilson Jr.
Marvel Wilson Jr.
Posted: February 15, 2013

Marvel Wilson Jr., 82, of Wallingford, retired owner of Wilson Oil & Propane, died Monday, Feb. 11, of a heart ailment in Saunders House, Lower Merion.

He had been ill since falling last November and had gone to Saunders House for rehabilitation.

In the 1950s, Mr. Wilson became vice president of his father's business. When Marvel Wilson Sr. retired in the 1970s, his son became its owner.

Born in Chester, Mr. Wilson graduated from Swarthmore High School in 1948, and served as a volunteer firefighter with the Swarthmore Fire and Protective Association.

His studies at Washington College were cut short by 18 months of Army service in the Korean War.

He was a member of the Rotary Club of Media, the St. Andrew's Society, the Union League of Philadelphia and its Youth Work Foundation, Wilmington Country Club, Better Home Heat Council, Rehoboth Beach Country Club, Pennsylvania Petroleum Association, Rolling Green Country Club, Sons of the American Revolution, and the Wallingford Community Arts Center.

He had been a member of Swarthmore Presbyterian Church since boyhood.

Mr. Wilson golfed, hunted, and visited all seven continents. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, history, big band music, dancing, European performance cars, and Labrador retrievers.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Sally Bingham; a son, Garrett; daughters Betsy O'Connell and Sara Jane Timmerman; a brother; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, 727 Harvard Ave. A reception will follow at Wallingford Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Rd.

Donations may be made to the Youth Work Foundation of the Union League of Philadelphia at www.ulheritagecenter.org/foundations.php

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