James Sharp Wilson, III, passed away on January 8, 2013 just a month after
his 90th birthday.
Jim, or J. S. Wilson as he was best known as a popular local watercolor
artist, was born December 10, 1922 in Canton, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth Steel Wilson.
He will be greatly missed by his children Tracy (Andy Nelson), Jim (Janice),
Chuck (Becky), Scott and Kim (Jan) Wilson and his seven grandchildren.
He was a football star at Cantonís Lehman High School and went to
Westminster College on a football scholarship.
World War II took him away, and he became a pilot in the Army Air Force
where he met the love of his life, Ruth Steel Wilson who was a WASP and
After the war he finished college at the University of Chicago where he also
got his MBA. His career as an executive at Inland Steel Company lasted 30
Together Jim and Ruth raised five children in Garyís Miller Beach community.
Their son Scott has been a client of The Arc of NW Indiana since the early
1950s. Both Jim and Ruth were active supporters of that wonderful agency.
He loved poetry and had many long poems memorized, which he would recite at
gatherings to the delight of family and friends.
He loved sailing the 17 ft. Snipe, which he built himself, on Lake Michigan
and on numerous inland lakes of Wisconsin on family vacations. He loved
flying and became a private pilot with his own Stinson Voyager enjoying day
trips to small airports all around the Midwest. But most of all he loved
drawing and painting.
After retiring from Inland at age 57 he dedicated himself to being a full
time artist. His favorite subjects were scenes of the lake and dunes, the
houses, barns, fields and woods of his beloved Northwest Indiana home.
A memorial service will be held at Marquette Park Methodist Church at noon
on Saturday, February 2, 2013.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Arc of NW
Indiana., 2650 W. 35th Ave., Gary, IN 46408.