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Veteran ushered fallen soldiers home

| Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, 10:03 p.m.
Lloyd E. 'Cy' Wilson, 89, of Mars, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, at the Butler Veterans Hospice.
Lloyd E. 'Cy' Wilson, 89, of Mars, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, at the Butler Veterans Hospice.

When the Army asked for volunteers to escort fallen soldiers to their hometowns during the Korean War, Lloyd Wilson offered his services.

He attended mortuary school on the GI Bill after returning from World War II, and was one of the first to raise his hand, his son said. He escorted 29 fallen soldiers back to their families.

“He was a straight-laced, straight-shooter the whole time,” said his son, Lloyd Wilson Jr. “It's impressive to me, but I always knew he was that way.”

Lloyd E. “Cy” Wilson of Mars died Friday, Oct. 14, 2016. He was 89.

Mr. Wilson worked until a few weeks before he died, tallying 55 years as an employee of Purvis Brothers, an oil and gas distribution company in Mars.

“He never did retire,” his son said. “He was still helping out and doing what he needed to do.”

Mr. Wilson was a member of the Mars VFW Post 7505 and the Mars American Legion Post 787, as well as a member of the John E. Mair Lodge No. 729 F&AM, the Valley of New Castle Consistry, the Syria Shrine and the Royal Order of Jesters Court 2.

He was the oldest life member of the Mars Volunteer Fire Department, now the Adams Area Fire District, and a member of the Mars United Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Wilson was a member of the Oak View Golf Club, where he golfed until he was 88.

“He smoked cigars and loved to golf,” his son said.

Mr. Wilson was always a clean-cut Army man, the younger Wilson said.

“He was a great guy,” his son said. “A very personable person.”

Mr. Wilson is survived by his companion of 11 years, Patricia A. Minor of Butler; his sons Lloyd and Matthew Wilson, both of Valencia; two grandsons; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Madelynn “Mitzie” Staaf of Gibsonia. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Helen Louise Fox Wilson, and a sister, Dorothy “Dot” Kline.

Friends will be received from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, 238 Crowe Ave., Mars. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be in Mars Cemetery in Adams Township.

Memorials can be made to the Butler Veterans Hospice Program, 325 New Castle Road, Butler, PA 16001.

Elizabeth Behrman is a staff writer for the Tribune-Review. She can be reached at 412-320-7886 or Lbehrman@tribweb.com.

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