Gerald "Champ" Wilson

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Gerald L. “Champ” Wilson, 74, of Philipsburg, passed away Thursday, November 19, 2020 at his home. Born February 5, 1946 in West Decatur, he was a son of the late Thomas Wilson and Cora (Eckley) Wilson. Champ was a graduate of Philipsburg High School, where he was active in baseball, and was a Correction Officer at SCI Rockview, SCI Cresson and retired from SCI Houtzdale. A veteran of the US Army, he served during Vietnam. Champ was a member of the Philipsburg VFW Louis P. Jenkins Post 3450, Philipsburg Am Vets Post 159, and Philipsburg American Legion John Ashley Dennis Jr. Post 437. He enjoyed fishing and was a fan of Penn State, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Atlanta Braves. On March 12, 1994 in Philipsburg, he married Kathy “Kate” (Gallaher) Wilson, who survives at home. Also surviving are children Brian Wilson and Kevin Wilson, both of Colorado Springs, CO; Nicole (Robert) Shaw of Osceola Mills, Richard Shimmel and Matthew (Julie) Shimmel, both of Wallaceton; a brother James Carney of Clearfield; a sister Darlene (John) Deacon of West Decatur; and five grandchildren Thomas Wilson, Andrew Woods, Brady woods, Paige Carson and Wendell Shimmel. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by numerous brothers and sisters. A graveside service, with military honors conducted by members of the American Legion John Ashley Dennis Jr. Post 437, will be held at the Philipsburg Cemetery on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 12:00pm. Honoring Champ’s wishes, there will be no public viewing. The family wishes to especially thank Kari and Laura for their hospice love and care. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home, PO Box 319, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648. Arrangements are under the care of the Dahlgren-Spewock Funeral Home, Inc., 228 N. Centre St. Philipsburg. Online condolences to the family may be made at
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    Saturday, November 21st, 2020 | 12:00pm
    Saturday, November 21st, 2020 12:00pm
    Philipsburg Cemetery
    Rt. 350 S
    Philipsburg, PA 16866
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Brother Erik

Posted at 11:12am
Dear Wilson family,

My family and I are so sorry for your loss. While words fail to truly express the pain, know that our prayers and thoughts are there to encourage you. All humans feel the sting of death but the Bible gives comfort that God promises at 1 Corinthians 15:26 “And the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing”. This is something that has brought me and my family solace when we've lost loved ones and we hope it encourages. Take peace and comfort. For comfort from the Bible, please visit

Linda Ritchie Burns

Posted at 03:15pm
I am deeply saddened to learn about Champ’s death. He was a fine person and we thank him for his service to our country. I remember his baseball days; he was great! May he Rest In Peace.
Linda Ritchie Burns

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