Karl Lynn "Lurch" Wilson, 71, of Monticello, passed away at 11:03 pm, Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at Franciscan St. Elizabeth East Hospital in Lafayette.
He was born on October 29, 1947 in Lafayette to the late Orrin K. and Evanelle E. (Swartz) Wilson. He married Janice Lynn Stevens on December 12, 1970 in Monticello. She survives in Monticello.
Lurch was a graduate of Twin Lakes High School. He served in the United States Army and was a Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient. He was a Disabled American Veteran and was honored to have served as a casualty officer who escorted fallen soldiers back to base. He was a Big Red One. He owned and operated Wilson Home Improvement from which he retired in 2013.
He was a member of Monticello Christian Church. He was a board member for the Twin Lakes Sewer District and chief umpire for Monticello girls little league softball. He was a member of the Cruisers Car Club and built his own 1937 Chevy hot rod. He held a first degree black belt and enjoyed fishing highlighted by his yearly trip to Canada with "the Wild Bunch" and enjoyed his Talladaga camping crew. Most of all, he cherished time with his kids, grandkids, and his great granddaughter, Ava Marie.
Surviving along with his wife, Janice Lynn are his children, Jill (Jimmie) Scott of Buffalo, Tracy (Dirk) Ryan of Monticello, and Erica "Tobi" (John) Rose of Logansport; grandchildren, Jessie (Amber) Scott, Karlie and Kaycee Rose, Kelsie (Travis) Combs, Sam and Sarah Ryan; great granddaughter, Ava Marie Scott; honorary grandchildren, Gabby Snowberger, Miguel Munoz, and Jordan Benedict, special sister, Pam Hollingsworth of Monticello; siblings, Ellen Pratt of Delphi, Bruce (Ema) Wilson of Monon, and Linda (Chris) Fullerton of Reynolds; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, extended family, friends and his fur babies.
He was also preceded in death by his mother and father-in-law, Della and Sam Stevens.
Visitation will be from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm Sunday, September 8, 2019 at Springer-Voorhis-Draper Funeral Home of Monticello.
Funeral services celebrating Lurch's life will be at 11:00 am Monday at the funeral home with Harold Rutledge of the Buffalo Christian Church officiating.
Burial will follow in Riverview I.O.O.F.Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be offered to Autism Speaks. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Messages of condolence may be extended at www.springerfuneralhome.com