Andrew R. "Drew" Wilson
Date of Death - November 27, 2005
ANDREW R. “DREW” WILSON
Mt. Sterling, Illinois:
Andrew Robert “Drew” Wilson age 18 of Mt. Sterling, Illinois passed away at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, November 27, 2005 at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville, Illinois.
He was born February 25, 1987 in Quincy, Illinois the son of Robert Van and Ann Kathleen Fischer Wilson.
Drew was employed by Bowen Racing Stables in Mt. Sterling and was a graduate of Brown County High School with the Class of 2005. While in high school Drew was active in sports having played football, basketball and baseball all 4 years.
Drew was an avid deer hunter and especially enjoyed hunting with his uncles. He was a Chicago Cubs baseball fan and he also enjoyed following the careers of Michael Jordan and LeBron James, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends.
Drew was a member of the Mt. Sterling First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his parents Van and Ann Wilson of Mt. Sterling. 1 sister Kristen Elizabeth Wilson and 1 brother Jacob Ryan Wilson both at home. His maternal grandmother Alice Fischer of Alton, Illinois. His paternal grandmother Jeanette Patterson and her husband Bill of Clayton, Illinois. His paternal grandfather John R. Wilson of Versailles. His paternal great grandmother Mildred Wilson of Versailles. Two aunts Ellen Jackson and her husband C.B. of Godfrey, Illinois and Jane Lawrence and her husband Pete of St. Louis, Missouri. Three uncles Doug Wilson and his wife Suzie of Versailles, Eric Wilson and his wife Tammy of Versailles and Tom Fischer and his wife Jane of Godfrey, Illinois also survive along with numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Gordon Fischer and 1 cousin Emily Fischer.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 1, 2005 at the Cornerstone Christian Church east of Mt. Sterling with Rev. Robert Einhouse officiating.
Burial will in the Mt. Sterling City Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4:00 until 8:00 on Wednesday at the Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling. Friends may also call one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday.
Memorials are suggested to the Kristen and Jacob Wilson Education Fund or the Hornet Pride Foundation.
Condolences for the family may be left on line at www.hendrickerfh.com.
The Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling is in charge of the arrangements.
4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday
Hendricker Funeral Home
Erin ReischeVan, Ann, Kristen, and Jacob,
I am so very sorry for the loss of your son and brother. I can't imagine the grief you must be feeling at this time. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.
Marvin & Deb MeserveyWe are so sorry for the saddness of your loss. It has been fun for us to enjoy a portion of Drew's life. He had a love of the games he played. He placed his whole self into all he did. Please tell us if there is anything we can do for you and your family. We have been in constant prayer. We have placed your family on the Timewell Baptist. Holy Family, LaGrange Chapel, Emmaus, and Cursillo prayer list.
Clay and Jacie ShouflerKeeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.
The O'Connell'sVan, Ann, Kristen & Jacob,
Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. The times the boys shared together will be remembered forever. Take care and know if there is anything we can do for your family please let us know.
Mike Jeanne Carol Kelly & David O'Connell
Doug & Peggy Johns, & Jared & Erin PrudenI am so sorry for your great loss. I was praying that it wasn't your son, Drew. I can't imagine what you're going through right now. All I know what to do is pray for your family. We will put you on our prayer list in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
Please take care of yourselves during this time.
Doug, Peggy & Jared & Erin
Ginger TeefeyAnn, Van, Jacob, and Kristen, No words can express my sympathy and sorrow for you. Just know that our prayers are lifting you up now. Drew was always very friendly to me, and I appreciate that. I know how you love him. I am so sorry. Please let me know if there is anything we can do for you. Ginger and Ed Teefey
We have contacted Dan and John. They send their sympathies, and know their prayers are with you as well.
Kristina SchenkVan, Ann, Jacob, and Kristen
There are no words-I just want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. If there is anything that I can do-please let me know.
Debra BordenkircherWords cannot express how sorry I am for your loss. You are in my prayers. If there is anything I can do please let me know.
Melanie EdwardsWords cannot express how truly sorry I am for your loss. I was privegled to be in the graduating class with Drew. He was truly a good person even though I didn't know him that well. Your family is in my prayers. God Bless. I am truly sorry.
Jeff, Betsy, Jessie, and Alex OenningI wanted you all to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Faleesha CartyNo words can take away the pain you are feeling right now, and nothing in this world will make it all better. But I hope that you know that my prayers and my thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow and despair!
Shawn, Tracy, Jacob and Taylor ConleyPlease know that you are in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers. The Conley's
Gary Tucker, Garrison PrincipalSorry to hear about your sudden and tragic loss. My family's thoughts and prayers are with you. If I can do anything, please let me know.
Jessica OrrI am truly sorry for your loss. I was in the graduating class with Drew. Even though I didn't know him very well, I am saddened that it was him. I am truly sorry and you are in my prayers.
Richard & Kathy Jo YoungVan, Ann, Jacob, and Kristen,you are in our thoughts and prayers. Drew always greeted us with a smile and was friendly. We saw him always try to do his best on the basketball court. Please know that if there is anything we can do for you or your family at this time, do not hesitate to ask.
Dave and Linda NewellOur hearts go out to you all,I know this has to be like a horrible dream.Just hang on to the knowledge you will see Drew again one day.Knowing Drew he'll be waiting for each of you with that big grin I remember so well.God bless you all.
Brian, Kari, Jordan, Dani and Tori JonesDear Wilson family~ May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead. You are in our thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy.
The McQuigg FamilyVan, Ann, Kristen, and Jacob:
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Drew had a way about him in that he lit up a room when entering--always friendly, carrying that smile that melted all the young girls' hearts. He will be remembered with so many wonderful thoughts by the way he treated others. God has a special plan for Drew, and we know Drew's many talents will be utilized.
If there is anything we can do, please do not hesitate to call. Drew will truly be missed!
Steve Breese and FamilyVan,
While nothing that is said can help with loss of child, know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss.
My heart goes out to you and your loved ones. I hope all of you can find some understanding for your loss and your hurt. Please know you have many friends who love you because of your goodness toward all youth, not just your own. Use our shoulders in this great time of need. God Bless and know you are in our prayers.
Dean, Joyce, and Deanna CooleyVan, Ann, Kristen, and Jacob our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are very sorry for your loss and words cant describe the sorrow we feel for you and your family at this time. We will be praying for you.
Dean, Joyce, and Deanna
Donna McCawI am so sorry to learn about your great loss. There are no words that can comfort you You both are in my prayers.
Mack, Brandie, and Duke ThompsonOur deepest sympathy goes out to this wonderful family.
Bill and Mary NisbetVan, Ann, Kristen, and Jacob
There are no words to express our feelings for you at this tragic time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
BILL FARQUHARI AM AN AREA OFFICIAL AND HAVE KNOW VAN AND DREW FOR SEVERAL YEARS . I OFFER MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES AND WILL KEEP YOU IN MY PRAYERS.
Patt Underwood RhueTo Drew's loving family: My heart breaks for you at this time of your deepest sorrow. I pray for the love of God, your family and friends to surround you and sustain you now and always. Blessings, Patt
CLINTON & JUDY (WOODWORTH) SIEBENWILSON FAMILY,
WORDS CAN NOT EXPRESS OUR SADDNES FOR YOU. YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS.
Netty HatchVan, Ann, Kristen and Jacob,
I know there is nothing I can say that 1000 others have not said. I am in mourning for all of you and your extended families. I cry, I pray, I cannot smile because of the sadness I feel deep in my heart for all of you. I didn't know Drew and I realize that was my loss. He is such a handsome young man. I called Lori and Josh in Hawaii and they send their love, support and prayers as well. Van, your family has touched SO MANY LIVES in such a positive way. You must draw your strength from all of us. We are lifting you up in prayer and Jesus listens.......
I know there is nothing I can do, but I am here.
Lucas ThompsonWilson Family: I am so sorry to hear about Drew. My condolences go out to your entire family. God Bless.
Bonnie SullingerDear Ann, Van, and Family
You are in my thoughts and prayers at this sorrowful time. Words can't express the sympathy I feel for you and family. God Bless
Holly Wangler (Bauch)I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Cindi ( Smith) Morris,( Class of 1976,)Van and Family,I'm So Sorry for your loss. I have a 18 year old and this has hit me hard, If Drew was anything like his Dad and Uncle Doug he was a pretty kind and careing person. I went to school with them both. Your all in my prayers and God be with you all at this sad time.
Brandy PritchardI am so sorry for your loss. It is always difficult to lose a loved one especially so young. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Joe & Jeannie LichtsinnWilson Family -
We are truly sorry for your loss. There are no words that can take away the pain that you are feeling for the loss of a child. Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you and your extended family.
Stan & Irene BurkeOur deepest sympathy with the loss of Drew. No parent should ever have to grieve the loss of their child. We remember him as that adorable little boy following Daddy on the basketball court at UHS. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Perry MillerVan and Family,
We wanted you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Perry Miller and Carthage High School Staff/Students
John DivelyRonda and I send our heartfelt condolences. We pray that the grace of God will comfort and keep you.
Jim DansartVan, I don't know if you remember me but I attended Eureka College in the late 70's. I just heard about the unfortunate tragedy of your son. My heart is broken as I sit and can only imagine what you and your family are going through. I know my words don't mean alot at this time but I wanted to write and express my sincere condolences for your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers and hold my kids close and not take them for granted. I would love to get together some time down the road.
Respectfully Yours. Jim Dansart
Natalie HillVan, Ann, Kristen, and Jacob
Sorry to hear the Drew. Please know my thoughts are with you and your family.
Chuck & Janet IngramI hope the following prayer will assist in your healing....I can't even begin to imagine the pain and sorrow you all are going through.
GOD BLESS--each and everyone that is suffering due to this GREAT loss
Don't Tell Me
Please don't tell me you know how I feel,
Unless you have lost your child too,
Please don't tell me my broken heart will heal,
Because that is just not true,
Please don't tell me my son is in a better place,
Though it is true, I want him here with me,
Don't tell me someday I'll hear his voice, see his face,
Beyond today I cannot see,
Don?t tell me it is time to move on,
Because I cannot,
Don?t tell me to face the fact he is gone,
Because denial is something I can't stop,
Don't tell me to be thankful for the time I had,
Because I wanted more,
Don't tell me when I am my old self you will be glad,
I'll never be as I was before,
What you can tell me is you will be here for me,
That you will listen when I talk of my child,
You can share with me my precious memories,
You can even cry with me for a while,
And please don't hesitate to say his name,
Because it is something I long to hear everyday,
Friend please realize that I can never be the same,
But if you stand by me, you may like the new person I become someday.
Donna Holder & Jon BemisPlease know that your family is in our thoughts and Prayers and that God is holding you in the palm of his hand. I can see Mom in Heaven holding Drew close to her heart. Take care of you and know that you are never far from those who care.
Brian UnderwoodSorry I couldn't be there Van and Ann. I know you two came to visit me in hospital. Real busy with school. When Mom told me I honestly didn't believe it. I had to call for confirmation. Didn't know Drew that well but we were starting say hey and stuff. I'm also sorry about the ordeal. Was a terrible way to lose him. Sorry Again.
Drew was a very good friend 2 everyone who knew him and that his going is all part of gods plan and i just want u 2 kno that u guys are all in my heart and prayers. Again i'm sorry for your loss
Larry and Judy KurfmanVan, Ann, Kristen, Jacob,
We have thought of little else but you since Monday when we heard you had lost Drew. I will always remember him thru 4 years in the lunch line, always polite and a smile. We pray for you that God will help you endure this time. If there's anything possible we can do please let us know.
Brandon GallaherI am so sorry for your loss. It's never easy to lose the ones you love the most. I will keep you and your family in prayer. God is with you always, look to him always for strength. May God Bless your family.
Michael & Rachel PattonVan, Ann, Kristen, and Jacob~ You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time. We are truly sorry for your loss.
Bob BarrowsNothing I say can ease the pain you are feeling during these dark and troubling days. I can only offer you my deepest condolences and keep your family in my prayers. May God grant comfort and blessings on you and your family.
Paul and Linda MeierWe were very shocked and sorry to hear about Drew. We know that it has been a long time since we have seen you, but we remember the old days at Unity with fondness. We just wanted to let you both know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Mike & Kathy SpohrWe are so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. We cannot even begin to imagine how difficult it would be to lose a child. Please accept our thoughts and prayers.
Mike and Amy WortWilson Family-
We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Drew. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of your family. Nothing can be said or done to ease your pain, but just know that you are surrounded by a community who will do anything and everything in it's power to be there for you during this difficult time.
Jeff & Karen Thomas & FamilyVan, Ann, Kristen & Jacob,
Our hearts are breaking for you as we learned of Drew's death. Please know that your Vermont Street Church family has you surrounded with prayers & our love.
Susan and Larry BowenAnn, Van and family,
Words can't express how sad and sorry we are to hear about the loss of your son. No parent should ever have to go through the pain you are feeling now. We just hope that knowing others care and have you in their thoughts and prayers will be of some comfort.
Susan and Larry Bowen
Doug & Penny SmithDear Van & Ann:
Words are a poor tool for the expression of the sorrow we feel for your loss. May the love of your many friends and family lift you up during this difficult time and ease some of your burden. We will keep your wonderful family in our thoughts and prayers.
Dan WilliamsVan and Family,
The loss of a child saddens everyone. But no one can compare anything to the loss of your own child.
As educators we realize how precious children are and how special each is as an individual. Even though I did not know Drew I have thought of him, you and your family often the past few days and I have prayed for each of you.
I am here for you if you need me.
Lauren TracyTo the Wilson Family:
My deepest condolences to your family. News of your son's death has traveled all the way to Colorado where I currently live. Perhaps that is a sign of the positive impact he has had on people's lives. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Kevin and Connie DixonVan and Ann, our thoughts are with you...we were so sorry to hear about Drew.
Traci BemisVan, Ann, Kristen, & Jake
I'm so sorry for the loss of Drew. I know Drew was loved by many people. He was the kind of friend that no matter what, he could always put a smile on your face no matter how you felt at the time. He always made sporting events so much more fun when he was there getting everybody pumped for the game. It feels like just yesturday Jake,Kristen,Drew and I were playing hockey and Drew got mad because I scored and threw the hockey stick at me haha. Those were some great times and I will charish them forever. So I would just like to tell the whole Wilson family your in my thoughts and prayers, and if there is anything that I can do for anyone just let me know.
Dave & Chrissi DunnVan,Ann,Kristen & Jacob, We hold you dear in our hearts and prayers at this sad time for you all..Reach out for us if you need us in any way..God bless..
Brian & Peggy (Muegge) DuesterhausWilson Family, I'm a former student of UHS, and would like you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Lynn and Holly GallagherWe were so very sorry to hear about the loss of Drew. Please know that we are lifting you up in prayer as is the rest of Vermont Street Church. Prayers that God's love and peace will blanket you and comfort you.
Tim BealorDear Van and Ann,
I want to first apologize for not making it to either the visitation or the funeral along with the rest of the crew from Mendon. I am truly sorry.
More importantly, I want to let you know that I have been thinking of you guys since we heard the news. Your friends and your family will be a great help during the days to come, don't be afraid to take advantage of that help. When the door closes on the last of them at night and you're in the living room or the kitchen of a house that suddenly has just a little too much room, remember the good things. That hole that losing Drew left will never go away, you'll have to fill with something, I hope its good memories and love.
I don't want to sound like a sermon or a sympathy card, but I hope you know we care.
Do us a favor and take one of those nice pies I'm sure you'll get and put it in the middle of the table with just a bunch of forks beside it and think of the crazies from over here.
I hope to talk to you soon.
Jacob HendricksVan, Ann, Kristen, Jacob
I am so sorry i just wanted to let you guys know that i know what you are going through i that you guys are in our prayers.
Penny, Jacob, and Matthew HendricksVan, Ann, Kristen, and Jacob,
I am so sorry for your loss. Words seem empty at this time. I understand the wide range of emotions you are experiencing now and will in the future, please know that others are available to go through this with you. You are all in our hearts and prayers. God bless you all and God bless Drew.
Charles & Judy BoltonSorry to hear of your loss.
Your family is in our prayers.
Roger & Caren BusenWe know that no words can comfort you since the loss of Drew. We are heartbroken and will miss him so much. May God's loving arms surround you at this time and give you comfort today and in the weeks to come.
Thinking of you,
Roger & Caren Busen (Evan & Drew, too)
Rob McKinneyMr. Wilson, Ann, Jacob, and Kristen,
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Drew. I always saw him as a bright and shinning young man and that is how I will remember him.
It is difficult to know what to say in times like these, so I turned to a place where I always find comfort. The author Jeremiah tells us that the Lord takes away mourning and gives us comfort instead of sorrow. He will do the same for you. Please known that you have been in my thoughts and in all my prayers.
Judy Wilson & FamilyYour family has been in our thoughts and prayers each day. We pray that God will give you strength to endure the loss of your wonderful son and hold him in the palm of His hand until the day we will all be together. We will not ever forget Drew. He added so much to the lives of so many. Though his time on this earth was short, his memory, his smile, and his gentle spirit will live on. God bless and keep you.
Mike and Barb Klingner and familyAnn and Van,
My heart stopped when I read of Drew's tragic accident. We remember the sweet little boy he was and regret that we lost touch over the years. Seems he grew into a wonderful young man. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest sympathy.
Gary & Beth HulveyVan, Ann, Kristen & Jacob
We want to offer our deepest sympathy for you and your entire family and are so sorry for your loss. Know that you are in our prayers.
Tolly BauchVan, Anne, Kristen, and Jacob:
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss...Drew was a good person...and I know that a lot of people as well know that...I can remember giving him rides around along with the other boys in his class...he always knew how to make a person smile...Drew touched many hearts and will always be remembered...your family are in my thoughts and prayers...
Sue UphoffVan and Family,
I just wanted to let you know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many people.
Rita Greenwell KlossingYou are all in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for your lose. In my experience of lose, I found strength in my faith and my faithful friends. I pray that you will find that strength. God be with you.
Dennis WorksMr. Wilson. I don't kknow you personally, but we share two bonds. I am the principal at New Athens High School and I am the father of an 18 year old daughter. I can't imagine your grief and there is no way that I can begin to feel your pain. I only know how precious my daughters (two others ages 16 and 12) are and what they mean to me. No parent should have to experience this. My only condolences are that as a true believing Christian, I have the assurance that my children would be with Christ based upon their public professions of faith should a tragedy like this befall them. My pain would still be great, but I would look to my God for support. I read your son's obituary and noted your church affiliation. Reach out to your church family and your God for comfort. That will be the only way to ease the pain that you are experiencing. I pray that God does bring you comfort.
Bob and Donna Cox and familyVan, Ann and family, Please accept our most sincere condolences at the loss of your beautiful son, Drew. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.
Allen,Lori,Brian,Matt DeWittWe were sadden of the lost of your son Andrew,We hpoe god will be with you at this difficult time.
Teri HustonVan,Ann,Kristen & Jacob I want you to know that you are in my thoughts and I'am very glad that Cory had the privilege to have Drew as a friend. He will be sadly missed.
Letha (Janssen) WatersVan, Ann, Jacob, and Kristen. I can't imagine what you are going through right now and no words can express the sympathy and sorrow I feel for all of you. Please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of everyone that you have touched.
Jim and Jane HerndonAnn and Van: Words cannot express the extent of our sympathies for you and your family. Although we did not really know Drew we do know that he had a loving family that cared greatly for him. As life long friends of Ann and the Fischer family our heart goes out to everyone and we hope that you will find solace over time from your faith, family and friends. If we can be of service to you and your family please do not hesitate to contact us. Once again, our deepest sympathy to you and your family. God be with you!
Leigh & Jane ConoverVan, Ann, Kristen, Jacob,
Our deepest, heart felt sympathy for the loss of your son and brother,Drew. Do know you have many friends to help you through this most difficult time. If there is ever anything I can do please call. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Amy LongoVan and Ann,
I am so sorry about the loss of your son Drew. I remember you had just had Drew and I had just found out I was pregnant with Rose and how excited we were about our new additions.
Take care of each other and hold on to Kristen and Jacob a little tighter. Matt and I are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Carol KleinleinWith deepest sympathy to the Wilson family. My prayers have been with you.Words seem so small. Just know that many share in your sorrow. May you somehow find peace in your memories,family, friends, and especially the Lord.Love to you all.Carol
Amy BerryIt's really hard to know what to say, but I just want you all to know that you are in my prayers. Take care.
Brent ClairIn this time of grief and uncertainty, this song came to mind, and I hope that it may bring some comfort to your family. My sincere sympathies from myself and the class of 1997. Blessings.
This is not at all
How we thought it was supposed to be
We had so many plans for you
We had so many dreams
But now you've gone away
And left us with the memory of your smile
And nothing we can say
And nothing we can do
Can take away the pain
The pain of losing you
And we can cry with hope
We can say goodbye with hope
Cuz we know our goodbye is not the end, oh, no
And we can grieve with hope
Cuz we believe with hope
There's a place
Where we'll see your face again
And never have I known
Anything so hard to understand
And never have I questioned more
The wisdom of God's plan
But through the cloud of tears
I see your father smile and say "well done"
And I imagine you
Where you wanted most to be
Seein' all your dreams come true,
Cuz now you're home and now you're free
And we can cry with hope
We can say goodbye with hope
Cuz we know our goodbye is not the end, oh, no
And we can grieve with hope
Cuz we believe with hope
There's a place
By God's grace
There's a place where we'll see your face again
Paul LangeTo Van & Ann Wilson,
My deepest sympathy. My prayers and thoughts are with each of you, and with your family.
Steve & Carla IngramOur thoughts and prayers are with you. Your sadness must be incredible. It has been years since I've seen any of you, but Van you wee in our youth group, back in the Versailles Christian Church many years age. I have kept in touch (somewhat) with your grandmother Mildred. Also through my mother (Ninabelle Ingram) I keep informed about the happenings in Brown County. Again our sympathy for your loss and sorrow.
In Christian Love,
Steve and Carla Ingram
Dave, Lori ,Ryon & Erynn McNeffVan, Ann, Kristen & Jacob,
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time in your lives. We are here for anything you might need. Lean on your friends and family.