Rodney Wilson, 70, passed away Monday, July 22, 2019 at Olean General Hospital, following a lengthy illness. Born December 6, 1948 in Springville, NY, he was the son of Roy and Ida Knox Wilson.
Rodney grew up in Springville, NY and attended the Springville Central School, graduating in the class of 1968. He served with the Marine Corp. during the Viet nam war from 1968 to 1971, where he fought in combat, receiving several medals including the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Rifle Sharpshooter Badge and The Vietnam Campaign Medal w/device. Upon his return he made his home in Friendship, and after several jobs in the area, he was employed as a mechanic at Franks Auto in Albion. He worked there for 21 years, retiring in 2009.
Rodney enjoyed most anything out of doors. Mostly he enjoyed repairing cars or anything mechanical that needed his knowledge to fix. He also enjoyed swimming and fishing. His greatest love was his family and spending time with them especially his Grandchildren.
Surviving are three sons, Randy (Tanya) Williams of Leroy, NY, Miguel Sanchez of Albion and Carlos Sanchez Williams of Puerto Rico; four daughters, Stephanie (Kenny) Powell of Morrisville, NC, Tracy (Raymond) Wilson of Friendship, Kristina (Charlie) Whiting of Cuba and Erica Sanchez Williams of Puerto Rico;
fourteen grandchildren, Jaci, Kailey (Maddy) Kelsey, Roy, Renee, Mayleigh, Alanah, Domanick, Giana, Gavin, Jada, Carlie, & Carlos; a sister, Candy Pelitera of Avon; a niece and two nephews.
Rodney was predeceased by a son, Roy Wilson; and a brother, Frederick Legg.
A private viewing will be held by family at the Treusdell Funeral Home, Friendship. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service to be held at the United Church of Friendship on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 11:00 am, followed by Military honors in the church parking lot. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donorís choice.
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