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Dr. John “Jack” Robert Wilt, 78 of Lancaster passed away on Saturday March 4th 2017.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00pm on Thursday March 9th 2017 at Van Wyck Presbyterian Church,  5140 Old Hickory Road, Lancaster, SC‎ with a reception to follow.

Dr. Wilt was born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 4th 1939 to Eugene and Lucile Wilt and was the oldest of 9 children. He went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he met his wife Shirley Jean (Harris) Wilt. They were married on September 12th 1959 and went on to UCLA, where Jack was awarded his PhD in Chemistry and Shirley was awarded her Masters, also in Chemistry. While at UCLA, they started their family and the first two of their five sons, Michael John and Timothy Robert, were born. Upon completion of his doctorate, Jack served in the US Army, where he was stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground. During this time, the family was joined by a third son, Karl David.

In 1970, Jack entered the private sector and moved his young family to Rochester, NY where he started work as a research chemist for Eastman Kodak company. As he pursued his career, a number of moves followed and the family was blessed with two more sons, Nicholas Patrick and Paul Harris. In 1982, he founded the Thermographic Factory in Rochester, NY and the family lived in Pittsford until Paul had graduated high school.

To follow his love of working with high school age kids, he closed his business and returned to college for his masters of education so he could teach high school science. He taught for several years at various high schools and his final job was teaching science at Indian Land High School.

Jack had a life-long history of volunteering that included being a Boy Scout and Sea Scout leader, teaching Sunday school, and mentoring children. After moving to South Carolina he volunteered with the Greater New Hope Christian Association Soup Kitchen and published the popular Van Wyck Press, an online newspaper filled with local news and analysis to educate voters on local issues. He was passionate about the Lancaster and Van Wyck communities and a fixture at county council, board of education and other local government committees.

Dr. Wilt is survived by his wife Shirley, their five sons Michael, Timothy, Karl, Nicholas and Paul, their eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Greater New Hope Christian Association Soup Kitchen, 201 S Ferguson St Lancaster, SC 29720-2665
(803) 285-2524.

J.R. Wilt
J.R. Wilt, Editor and Publisher

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