Donald Wilson, Sr.

July 07, 2022 - July 06, 2015


Age 87, of New Sewickley Township, passed away Monday, July 6, 2015 with his wife and children at his side. Beloved husband for 57 years of Mary (Knaze) Wilson; Loving father of Donna M. Cheswick (David) of Penn Township and Donald E. Wilson, Jr. (Mary Grace) of Cranberry Township; Proud grandfather of Michael and Steven Cheswick and Mark and Natalie Wilson; Brother of Betty Lee Mueller, Marjorie Fellendorf (Fred), William Wilson (Nancy) and the late James Wilson (Joan). Also survived by many loving friends and relatives.

Donald, graduated from Valley Forge Military Academy and Virginia Military Institute (VMI) with a BS in Civil Engineering. He served during the Korean War as a First Lieutenant in the Army’s 7th Infantry Artillery Division. Upon his return from war, he completed a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering at Yale University, then worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Highways and Pennsylvania Tunnel Commission for several years. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree at the University of Pittsburgh and became the Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Councel for Michael Baker, Jr. Inc. where he worked for 26 years, also serving as Secretary on the Board of Directors. He was a past president of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE) at both the state and Beaver County Chapter levels. He was appointed to the Pennsylvania State Registration Board for Professional Engineers and served on numerous other state and national engineering committees. After retiring in 1984, he pursued additional education and obtained his Masters Degree in Philosophy from Duquesne University and completed all course work for his PhD. He was as a member of the Beaver County Public Library Commission and past president of the Harmonie Associates (now known as Friends of Old Economy Village).

Donald was an accomplished world traveler for both business and pleasure, and was an avid reader of nonfiction works to broaden his knowledge of the many subjects that he found of interest. One of his biggest passions was sharing his intense love of the outdoors and study of flora and fauna with his wife on their farm.

A private memorial service will be held for immediate family members only. In lieu of flowers and to celebrate his lifelong love of reading and promotion of education, his family would like memorial contributions to be made in his name to the Beaver Area Memorial Library, 100 College Avenue, Beaver, PA 15009. Arrangements by DEVLIN FUNERAL HOME of CRANBERRY, 2678 Rochester Rd., (724) 772-8800.

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