Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
Raymond R. Thilk, of Wilson, July 16, 2013, with his family at his side, while under Niagara Hospice care. Born March 19, 1920, he was a son of the late Herman and Hazel (Woodcock) Thilk.
Growing up he worked the family farm with his father, attended local schools and was a member of the Methodist Church on Chestnut Road, then Exley United Methodist in Wilson.
Raymond liked to hunt deer and pheasant. He also enjoyed playing baseball for the North Ridge team.
He worked at Sears & Roebuck, Harrison and was the owner of Ray Thilk Sales and Service. Raymond was one of seven original founding members of the South Wilson Volunteer Fire Company of which he was lieutenant for 12 years. They would hold the fire company meetings at Thilk Sales and Service in the garage. He also played in the legion band bass drum or cymbals.
Raymond liked to play cards, enjoyed gardening and spending time with family.
Surviving him are a daughter, Karen (James) Jowly of Wilson; son, Robert (Sue) Thilk, Sr. of Wilson; four grandchildren, Heather Jowly of Wilson, Robert (Melissa) Thilk, Jr. of South Carolina, Joseph (Laura) Jowly of Niagara Falls, and Ashley Thilk of Buffalo; and a great granddaughter, Emma Jowly of Niagara Falls. Raymond is also survived by a brother, Merritt (Marion) Thilk of Wilson; a brother-in-law, Robert (Loretta) Hahn of Arizona and several nieces and nephews. Predeceasing him was his wife, Rosemary (Hahn) Thilk, on December 7, 1999.
Visitation will be Wednesday 2-4 & 7-9 PM, Thursday 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the South Wilson Fire Company where funeral services will be held Friday at 11 AM, followed by burial in North Ridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the South Wilson Fire Company. Arrangements by Hamilton and Clark Funeral Home, 270 Young Street, Wilson.