Obituary: Harmon Courtland “Corky” Wilson
Courtland “Corky” Wilson
June 9, 1930 – August 19, 2021
Corky was born in Rifle, CO, June 9, 1930 to F. Kent and Nannie L. Wilson. He died August 19 in Grand Junction.
Corky grew up and attended school in Rifle, graduating from high school in Lovelock, NV. He married Patsy Miller, they had 3 children: Debbie, Michael, and Kenny. This marriage ended and he later married Jackie Atwood adopting his son, Travis. Corky was a jack of all trades working at Union Carbide; TOSCO Corporation, owned Kozy Kottage Kourt motel in Rifle, and helped run his family business “Wilson’s Toggery”. He loved the comradery with his nephews during their fence building escapades; ending his work life as a courier for Alpine Bank. In 2000 he married the love of his life, Lillian Cross. He loved to take Lillian on long drives anywhere their vehicle would take them. They have been known to go to Moab just for ice cream!
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Corky was a lover of the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, arrowhead hunting, and hiking in the desert. His passion of fishing carried on through his life with his children and grandchildren. He and Lillian have lots of fishing stories to tell as well as memories of their drives, taking in the beauty of Colorado, color Sundays, and enjoying each other. We will miss him, his funny one-liners, and the multiple layers of clothing he wore even in the heat of summer. He lived a great life and was ready for his next great life with his Lord and Savior.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sons Michael and Kenny, sisters Shirley Galloway and Ellen Bleak. He is survived by his wife Lillian; daughter Debbie Klusmire; son Travis (Cindy) Wilson; Cathy (Lanch) Cannizzaro; Ray (Roxie) Scott; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 4, 2021, 11:00 a.m. at Fruita Faith Baptist Church, 180 S. Elm Street, Fruita, Colorado.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Corky’s name to Hope West Hospice and Palliative Care in Grand Junction, CO.
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