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.