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Richard Rolufs Wilson


1951 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Richard Rolufs Wilson Obituary

Born April 25, 1951, passed peacefully at home surrounded by his family on July 11, 2016. His parents Jack and Rosemary (Mayfield) Wilson, lived and raised he and his two sisters on the farm in Live Oak. His boyhood was spent working and gaining knowledge for the future. His greatest joy as a boy and young man was hunting, hunting and more hunting. He attended local schools in Live Oak graduating in 1969 from Live Oak High School. Playing different sports at LOHS, he excelled at wrestling, training courtesy of upperclassmen. He loved shiny, fast muscle cars and still always worked hard to attain his goals.

As he entered adulthood he had many jobs and experiences but always somehow came back to farming. It soon became his way of life. Richard worked hard to play hard, always willing to learn more about farming along the way. His vast knowledge of farming practices served him and others well. He was often sought out by his peers for advice, knowledge and help with all things farming. He was incredibly talented and successful on his own but also at establishing new orchards for others which are thriving and growing now and into the future.

Richard had many loving relationships throughout his life. From these came many good things. His daughter, Jennifer who will be the next generation of Wilson Farming. He was always in awe of her strength, love and toughness. He always believed in her true Wilson ability, entrusting her absolutely, with a little help from the elders to keep Wilson Farming working hard with business as usual. Her courage and devotion to her father and his legacy are just what he wanted. Brandon, his son, whom Richard recently reconnected with made them both very happy. Jennifer's mother Debbie, has been a loving, caring and honest presence in his life, as a co-parent and good friend to him. Jackie, his former wife, who helped raise Jennifer while working hard on the farm and at home and tripping to Mexico with him. They shared a life and a long, loving friendship as well as still enjoying working on the farm. Gloria, his little sister, who he was a typical big brother to. She has always been his biggest support and his most loved and trusted confidant. His wife, Jeanie, by his side for over 10 years, willing and eager to learn about farm life. Wearing many different hats to always try to be the best partner and helpmate. Working together to build their life meant working together to build and expand Wilson Farming. He established numerous almond orchards and revitalized a few as well during this time. Baltasar, ranch manager and trusted family friend for over 20 years. Their strong bond was one of respect, hard work, laughter and love. Richard was his Patron and Papa. Baltasar has played a large role in helping Richard with much more than just farming. He will always be part of Wilson Farming.

Surviving family members include his daughter, Jennifer Wilson Cosby (Patrick), granddaughters, Gracie and Laila; little sister Gloria Hunter (Rick); niece Angela Gustafson (Mark); grandniece and nephew, Cheyanne and Cole; nephew Ross Hunter (Liz); grandnephews, Eli and George and son Brandon Wilson (Michelle). Former wives/forever friends, Jackie Marceron Wilson, Debbie Leonard Rogers (Jim); sister Marsha Hamilton (Rodney); nieces Becky and Kristin and trusted friend/ranch manager Baltasar Valencia. His wife, Jean Hummel Wilson and his beloved wiener dog and faithful companion for 12 plus years, Oscar Meyer Wilson.

Richard built Wilson Farming with hard work, sheer determination and a very strong will to succeed. Farming was his way of life. It became our way of life with him also. Our most important priority, as a family, is to continue the Wilson Farming legacy. By working hard and always working together, we will honor his final wishes. Our deepest appreciation, gratitude and heartfelt thanks to al who have reached out to us with love, support, understanding, respect and great sadness with the news of Richard's passing. He will be missed everyday in every way by all of us.

Hard work makes you tired. Rest in peace Richie.

He was our world and we are stronger and better for being in his orbit.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to local animal rescue organizations, or can be made in his name or go drop $100 in a slot machine. He would like that.

A celebration of life will be held on July 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm at The Refuge, 1501 Butte House Rd., Yuba City.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from July 23 to July 24, 2016
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