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Wilson F. Gum, Jr. Ph.D., 82, of Midland passed away on September 7, 2021 peacefully at home surrounded by family.  He was born to the late Wilson and Doris (Hess) Gum, Sr. on July 14, 1939 in Pen Argyl, PA.  He married Barbara J. Heimer on December 26, 1959 and they shared 61 blessed years together.


Wilson graduated from high school in Pen Argyl, PA in 1957, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA with a B.S. in Chemistry in 1961, and the University of Pennsylvania, PA with a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 1965.  While at Muhlenberg Wilson served on the Board of Trustees for 6 years prior to being elected an Emeritus Trustee and was a founding member of RECBS.  He was a lifetime member of the ACS.  Wilson joined Dow Chemical in 1965 and worked for them until he retired in 1993.  In 1994 he joined Velsicol Chemical Corporation retiring in 2001.  Wilson was active in all of the churches he attended.  He was president of 2 Boy Scout Councils.  As a lifelong supporter and leader Wilson achieved many scouting honors including the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.


Wilson is survived by his wife, Barbara, children Wilson Gum, III of Midland, Charles (Carrie) Gum of Midland, Andrew (Florence) Gum of France, Tamara Gum of Houston, TX, grandchildren Kristin (Craig) Miller, Michelle Gum, Shannon Gum, Justin (Kara) Gum, Tyler Atkins, Alyssa (James) Oakley, Logan Gum, Alek Gum, great grandchildren, Aubrey, Peyton and Emma.  He is also survived by his siblings, Dale (Shirley) Gum and Glenwood (Jill) Gum Ph.D.


A memorial visitation will take place on Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 5-7 pm at Smith-Miner Funeral Home.  Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA, Trinity Lutheran Church, Midland, MI or St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Pen Argyl, PA.


Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Gum family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.





Condolence Messages

  1. Rod Coleman

    20 September 2021 4 months ago

    Barbara and Family, I am so sorry about Wilson’s passing. For the past two decades, I enjoyed his friendship and camaraderie. We broke bread, laughed, and shared stories about the families. Wilson’s good nature and kindness were THE BEST, and I will always remember his beaming smile. He is sorely missed. You will all remain in my prayers for peace and comfort. Wilson’s many great works personify a life well lived. I’m blessed to have called him my friend.

  2. Loren & Mary Ellen Fligg

    18 September 2021 4 months ago

    As we reflected on Wilson’s obituary, our grandson was with us. We told him Wilson’s life was a testimonial for the American Dream. From humble beginnings, to academic achievement, to the pinnacles of business success. More importantly, giving back, of his time and effort’s to make his communities & the world a better place. A steadfast commitment to his religious & moral beliefs.

    Wilson was a great friend & mentor to many of us in our Naples, FL community. He fought a hard battle, but by the grace of God, now rests in eternal peace. May God grant hope & peace to Barbara & their family. You have our deepest sympathy.

  3. Richard & Consiglia Rozycki

    18 September 2021 4 months ago

    Our deepest condolences to you, my dear sweet Barbara for The passing of Wilson. He was a gentleman and a dedicated part of Crystal Lake; he will truly be missed. May God comfort you and your family to know that Wilson’s love and memories will live on in your hearts. May he Rest In Peace.
    Fondly Richard and Consiglia Rozycki

  4. Fred Engelage

    15 September 2021 4 months ago

    Mil and I were very sorry to hear of Wilson’s passing. Having the opportunity to serve on the Crystal Lake RV Resort board with Wilson, I gained a great deal of respect for Wilson’s many talents and contributions to the board and resort. Most of all, I really appreciated his friendship, wisdom, encouragement and support as a fellow board and community member. We will all miss him.

  5. Heather and Jim McKellar, Lot1004

    15 September 2021 4 months ago

    Barbara and family,
    Jim and I were so sorry to hear of Wilson’s passing. Both of us have such wonderful memories of Wilson. He was so helpful, so kind, so willing to share his expertise. He was a true gentleman. He will be sorely missed by all his family and friends. Please know that you are in our thoughts.

  6. Mike Sergi

    15 September 2021 4 months ago

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers continue for you and family. May God give you pease knowing that Wilson is now with our Lord and his suffering is over. Wilson will be missed by all that knew him, he was a wonderful gentleman.

  7. Karl Kamena

    14 September 2021 4 months ago

    Wilson has been a best friend since 1965 and he will always be in my memories. His smiling picture says so much. I love you, man, and would always give you my beer.

  8. Rich Crist

    13 September 2021 4 months ago

    Barbara and Family, I was deeply saddened to hear about Wilson’s passing. Cindy and I send our love and sympathy to you and your entire family. When I think of Wilson these things come to mind… intelligent, principled, dedicated, friendly and expressive. He was a wonderful trustee, good friend and a true gentleman who could argue a point with conviction and passion, then turn to you and ask, with genuine interest, about you and your family. Wilson never missed an opportunity to express his love for and pride in his family. He will be missed. Rich

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