Donald Bruce Willson, 79, of Beaver Falls died Monday, October 4, 2021 in the Good Samaritan Hospice, Brighton Township.
Born October 25, 1941 in Bloomington, Indiana, he was the son of the late S. Bruce & Doris (Owens) Willson. Don graduated from Geneva College in 1963, with a certification in chemistry and degree in Biblical Literature and Philosophy. He went on to earn his PhD in chemistry from Tufts University. He worked as a research metallurgist for 29 years and as a rural mail carrier for seven years. In his retirement, he taught chemistry labs at Geneva College for 10 years. He served the church as a longtime elder and Sunday School teacher, precentor, choir director, mentor and friend to young, old and everyone in between. He enjoyed singing and playing music, stamp collecting, and being Grandpa.
He was a faithful and loving husband to his wife of 56 years, Sarah Lee (Martin) Willson, whom he married June 22, 1965. He was a godly and loving father to his four children: Judy Willson, Beaver Falls; Keith (Jennifer) Willson, Beaver Falls; Kevin (Valerie) Willson, Glendale, Arizona; and Gayle (Tom) Hinkelman, Charlotte, North Carolina. He was also much beloved and will be missed by his many grandchildren, brother Robert (Joanne) Willson of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, and many nieces and nephews.
This final quote from Don to one of his grandsons sums up Don quite well:
“These two things: Love Jesus and goof off sometimes. But try to combine these things. I wanna see what happens.”
Friends and extended family will be received Thursday, October 7, 2021 in the Eastvale Reformed Presbyterian Church, 502 2nd Avenue (Eastvale), Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, 15010 from 3-5 p.m. & 7-8:30 p.m.
A memorial service will be held Friday November 26, time and location to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to one of the following ministries: the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Pittsburgh), RP Global Missions, the Reformed Presbyterian Home (Pittsburgh), Geneva College Chemistry, Bible, or Music department (Beaver Falls), or the Eastvale Reformed Presbyterian Church.
Internment will be in the Reformed Presbyterian Cemetery, New Galilee, PA.
Arrangements by Hill & Kunselman Funeral Home, www.hillandkunselman.com, 3801-4th Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA 15010. Please visit the funeral home website for complete obituary and arrangements.
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