Wilson F. Grabill, Jr., 87, of Oxford, Ohio, passed away peacefully on May 19, 2023, at the Knolls of Oxford, where he resided. He is survived by his wife, Liudmila Nikolayevna Grabill, of the Knolls of Oxford; children and their spouses Wilson F. Grabill, III, of San Diego, CA, Shaun and Julia (Grabill) Hughes, of Murrieta, CA, and Paul and Barbara Grabill, of Poway, CA; grandchildren Valerie, Molly and Melanie Grabill, and Breton Fletcher Hughes; and sisters Beverly Endebrock, of Lewiston, ID, and Linda Parker, of Bloomington, MN, and their families. He also is survived by his step-daughters Masha Grass and Ksenia Rozhkova and their families.
Wilson was born in Shreveport, LA, on Nov. 19, 1935, to W. Fletcher Grabill, an airline pilot, and Margaret Haynes Grabill, a homemaker. He began his life-long love of travel quite young, flying with his father to Germany, France, Greece, Egypt and Israel when he was just a teenager and air travel was still uncommon. He joined the US Air Force for several years after high school and subsequently received his BA degree in political science from Ohio State University. It was during his time in the Air Force that he met Joyce Naftzger Grabill (1933-2016), who became his first wife and mother of their children.
Following stints as a salesman for Post Cereal and Encyclopedia Britannica, Wilson joined the nascent computer industry, working at IBM, Honeywell and Hamilton Tool. In 1975, he started his own successful computer services company, Integrity Systems, Inc., located in Cincinnati and later Oxford.
Wilson was an entrepreneur, a dreamer, a patriot, an intellectual and a believer in people and their possibilities. He loved golf, skiing, travel and most of all, his family, whom he liked nothing better than to scoop up and take on long road or RV trips to somewhere special. He enjoyed being around people who were interesting, honest, curious, accomplished and open-minded, and strived always to achieve the same in himself. He is deeply missed by his family and the many others who knew and loved him.
A visitation for Wilson will be held on Friday, May 26, 2023 from 11 am until time of funeral service at 12 pm; burial to follow at Oxford Cemetery.
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