Ryan Scott Ottney
PDT Staff Writer
Funeral arrangements have been announced for former Sixth District Rep. Charlie Wilson who died in Florida on Sunday.
Friends will be received during a public service at Bridgeport School District Auditorium on Saturday from 2-8 p.m. and Sunday from 4-8 p.m. A vigil will begin the Sunday service at 4 p.m. Friends are then invited to attend a visitation at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in St. Clairsville, Ohio, on Monday, April 22, at 9:30 a.m., and Liturgy with Mass at the church at 10 a.m.
The family asks that contributions be made in Wilson’s memory to the Congressman Charlie Wilson Leadership Program at Ohio University Eastern. Contributions can be sent to: Congressman Charlie Wilson Leadership Program, c/o Ohio University Eastern, Dean’s Office, 45425 National Road W., St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950.
Born in Dillonvale, Ohio, in 1943, Wilson was a small business owner of businesses operated throughout the Ohio Valley. In 1996, he was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives, where he served until 2004, when he was elected to the Ohio Senate. After two years in the Ohio Senate, Wilson won his historic write-in campaign in 2006, filling the congressional seat vacated by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland.
Wilson lost the seat to current Rep. Bill Johnson in the 2010 election. He attempted again, unsuccessfully, to regain the district in 2012.
Wilson suffered a stroke on Feb. 21 while vacationing in Florida. He was readmitted to a Florida hospital Saturday night and passed away at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, at the age of 70.
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