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  Born: June 13, 1924
  Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California
  Death: December 19, 2007
  Place of Death: Temple, Texas
 

Dr. Ralph Wilson, Jr.
June 13, 1924 - December 19, 2007
Dr. Ralph Wilson Jr., 83, of Temple died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, in a Temple hospital.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007, at the Christ Episcopal Church with the Rev. David Alwine officiating. Burial will be at Bellwood Memorial Park.
Dr. Wilson was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on June 13, 1924, the son of Ralph and Mildred Young Wilson.
He served in the Navy during World War II.
Dr. Wilson was a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry, he practiced in Whittier, Calif., for eight years.
In 1960, he moved to Temple to join the Ralph Wilson Plastics Co. as Executive Vice President. That was four years after the company was founded. He became President upon the death of his father, Ralph Wilson, Sr. Ralph Wilson Plastics Co. was purchased from the family by Rexall Drug and Chemical, which became Dart Industries, in 1966. He served on the board of Directors of Dart until its merger with Kraft Inc. In 1986, Dart and Kraft Inc. realigned its business, creating Premark International and naming Dr. Wilson group vice-president of Premark International and president of the Decorative Products Group. During his tenure, Ralph Wilson Plastics (renamed Wilsonart International) became the largest producer of High Pressure Decorative Laminate in the United States. He retired in 1989.
He was a state chairman of the Texas Association of Business and chairman of the board of governors of Wildflower Country Club. Dr. Wilson had also served as chairman of the board of trustees of King's Daughters Hospital.
For many years he served on the board and as chairman of the board for the Ralph Wilson Youth Clubs of Temple, and was recipient of the Boys Club Medallion. In fact, perhaps the largest single beneficiary of his generosity was the youth club.
However, he was heavily involved in many other community activities, donating funds to help provide a modern Saulsbury Day Care Center, helping raise millions of dollars to relocate the city's library to a new, modern facility and then assisting with the campaign to buy library books and new materials.
Other groups benefiting from his expert advice and generous donation of time and money included Temple Civic Theater, Visual Arts Friends, Friends of the Public Library, The Cultural Activities Center, The Contemporaries and Christian Farms/Treehouse.
An honorary professorship was bestowed on Dr. Wilson in 1981 by the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University. The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor conferred an honorary doctor of humanities degree on him in 1995.
He was recipient of the Temple Jaycees Outstanding Citizen Award, and was the sixth recipient of the Frank W. Mayborn Humanitarian Award in 1997.
Dr. Wilson is survived by his wife, Sharon, of Temple; son, Jim Wilson and wife, Maria of Belton; two daughters, Terri Wilson and husband Dr. Bill Huneke of Herndon, VA and Janice Wilson of Temple, stepdaughter, Tammy Bennett and husband Brad of Morgans Point; stepson, Travis Simek of Princeton, TX, stepmother, Sunny Wilson of Temple; grandchildren, Greg Wilson and wife, Lila, Jeff Wilson and wife, Casey, Liz Huneke, Alex Huneke, Johnathon Powell, Caitlin Simek, Brent Bennett and Justin Bennett; and two great-grandchildren, Manon Wilson and Isabelle Wilson.
A family visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2007, at the Scanio-Harper Funeral Home in Temple.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in the form of donations to the Ralph Wilson Youth Clubs, 310 S. General Bruce Drive, Temple, Texas 76504.


Services

Visitation

Friday December 21, 2007, 5:00 - 6:30 PM at Scanio-Harper Funeral Home
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Funeral Service

Saturday December 22, 2007, 11:00 AM at Christ Episcopal Church
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Burial

Saturday December 22, 2007 at Bellwood Memorial Park
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