FORSYTH -- Albert L. Wilson, 92, of Forsyth died Dec. 25, 2017 at Hickory Point Christian Village.
Services will be noon Friday, Jan. 5 at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 3465 N. MacArthur Road, Decatur, with visitation one hour prior to services. Burial will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to First Congregational United Church of Christ.
Known as "Al" to friends and "Bud" to family, he was born July 16, 1925 in Roseville, son of Jesse Ray and Sadie H. (Reed) Wilson. He graduated Roseville High School in 1943 and worked for his father on the family farm from 1943 to 1947. He attended the University of Illinois at Galesburg from 1947 to 1949. He married Linda Simmons on Aug. 20, 1949 in Monmouth, and attended the U of I Champaign-Urbana from 1950 to 1952, graduating with a degree in agricultural engineering in 1952.
He went to work for the Federal Land Bank System as a loan officer in Watseka in March 1952 and moved to Decatur as president of the Federal Land Bank Association of Decatur in April 1958. He retired in December 1985 and continued working part time for Farm Credit as an appraiser until 1991. His wife, Linda, preceded him in death on March 25,2009.
Al is survived by his children, Amy Wilson of New Orleans, La.; Bill (Valerie) of Decatur; and Richard (Rashea Healey) of Norwich, N.Y.; sisters, Mae Rosine of Knob Noster, Mo.; Mary Spencer of Rochelle.
He was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church from 1958 to 2004 and was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ from 2004 until his death. He was a member of the Illinois Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers from 1960 to 1985. Al enjoyed playing golf and walked four miles a day for 30 years. He also enjoyed twice a week pool games in Jack and Jean Kenny's basement for several years. He was an avid sports fan who followed the U of I, Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs, and was fortunate to finally see the Cubs win the World Series in 2016. In his own words, he "was not a joiner and did not like to attend meetings and listen to speeches."
Al was preceded in death by his parents, wife Linda, brother Edwin and sister Jean.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family in care of Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Homes at www.brintlingerandearl.com