Roland Eugene Wilson |

Roland Eugene Wilson

Roland Eugene Wilson, of Parachute, died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, at his home. He was 81.

Mr. Wilson was born Feb. 22, 1921, to Jeanette (Lyman) and Leo Oscar Wilson.

He grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from Adams City High School.

Mr. Wilson served in the U.S. Army.

He married Margaret May Wilson on March 10, 1974, in Arvada. She survives.

Mr. Wilson attended Grand Valley United Methodist Church in Parachute. He was a member of the Elks and the Last Man Squad.

He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, golf, and beating family and friends at cards and dominoes. He was known for the phrases “holy mackerel” and “pot licker.”

He was preceded in death by former spouse Betty Jean Wilson and daughter-in-law Val Covalt.

Mr. Wilson is survived by wife Margaret May Wilson, of Parachute; sons and daughter-in-law Marty and Lori Wilson, of Thornton, Steve Covalt, of Loveland, and Buddy Covalt, of Westminster; daughters and sons-in-law Nicci and Donald Jenkins, of Cedaredge, Nedde Autry, of Lakewood, Nancy Bauer, of Westminster, Christine and Don Marquardt, of Baltimore, Md., and Sharon and Dick Foster, of Hutchinson, Kan.; brother and sister-in-law Leo and Gertie Wilson, of Reno, Nev.; sister Ladema Gahagen, of Wiggins; 18 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Grand Valley United Methodist Church, 132 N. Parachute Ave., Parachute, with the David Amrie officiating.

Rifle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grand Valley United Methodist Church or Roaring Fork Hospice, P.O. Box 1970, Glenwood Springs CO 81602.

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