John W. Wilson
John W. Wilson, 65, died Tuesday morning, Feb. 21, 2006, at his home in Riverton, Wyo., after battling a rare bone cancer for several years. His family was at his bedside at the time of his death.John was born at the family home in Custer County, Neb., on June 10, 1940, the son of William and Delma (Harrold) Wilson. He was raised on the family farm in the Anselmo, Neb., area and graduated from Anselmo High School in 1957.In July 1959, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served four years at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Neb.He married Deanna Marie Clay at the Methodist Church in Broken Bow, Neb., on Feb. 25, 1962.After his honorable discharge from the Air Force, John joined KN Energy as a serviceman in Holdrege, Neb. He held similar positions in several Nebraska communities before becoming superintendent of service in KN’s Scottsbluff office in 1972. He transferred to Riverton in 1979 as district manager for Northern Utilities. In 1988, he was promoted to director of distribution for Rocky Mountain Natural Gas and moved to Glenwood Springs. In 1995, he transferred to Gillette and retired in 1998 after working 34 years in the natural gas business for KN Energy, Inc. After his retirement, they moved back to Riverton.Mr. Wilson was a member of the United Methodist Church, B.P.O.Elks Lodge #1693, past member of the Riverton Railroaders, and served on the board of directors for the Riverton Chamber of Commerce.While in Scottsbluff, he was an active member of the fire department and in 1978, he was named Boss of the Year.Mr. Wilson loved boating, fishing, and camping with his family. The hunting season was a special time for him, his son, friends, and other family members.Survivors include his wife of 44 years; daughters Wendy Wilson, of Tempe, Ariz., and Micaela (Steve) Carroll, of Tacoma, Wash.; son Brad (Kristin) Wilson, of Riverton; grandchildren Simon and Oscar Carroll, and Bailey and Taci Wilson; his mother; and numerous nieces and nephews.Preceding him in death were his father; brother Norman Wilson; and father- and mother-in-law, Gail and Stella Clay.There will be funeral services will at 10 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist Church of Riverton. Pastor Bill Carlson will officiate. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery in Riverton.There will be a viewing from 5-7 p.m. today at the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Riverton or to a charity of the donor’s choice, in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main, Riverton, WY 82501.Services are under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.
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