Kenneth H. Wilson, 87, Jefferson City, passed away Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at Capital Region Medical Center, surrounded by his family.|
Ken, son of Henry G. "Hank" Wilson and wife Lucille E., nee, Kessler, was born Aug. 6, 1926, in Washington. He was united in marriage to Margaret K. Cumper in May 1964, in Camdenton.
A resident of the central Missouri area for most of his life, Ken grew up and attended school in Washington. He was a lifeguard while growing up and also helped as a mailman in the rural routes in Franklin County. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theatre. From his military service, Ken was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, Overseas Service Bars, and Pacific Campaign Medal. He was very proud of his service to our country. After the war, Ken began his career by owning and operating Wilson's Plumbing and Heating, Washington. He continued his work in the construction industry by coordinating the general contractors during the initial construction of Tan-Tar-A Resort at the Lake of the Ozarks. He later worked for Dawson Heating and Cooling and R. Boyce Company. Ken retired as an independent heating and cooling contractor for Three Rivers Electric Cooperative, installing energy saving ground source heat pumps.
He attended Hickory Hill Baptist Church, Hickory Hill, and was involved in many church activities. Ken was a volunteer fireman in Cole County for several years. That involvement stemmed from his service as fire chief of the Washington Fire Department from 1955 through 1962. He also was a member of the American Legion, Roscoe Enloe Post 5 and Veterans of Foreign Wars, Roy Sone Post 1003.
Ken was a boating enthusiast and loved life on the water. He even built his own water skis, water toboggan and surfboard. An avid aviator, Ken also had a passion for flying in his Piper Cherokee 180 Tango, N3882T. Ken, a dedicated pilot, flew cross-country instrument rated, with many logged hours. Ken loved his family dearly and helped raise his grandchildren for over 30 years. More recently, he cherished time with his great-grandchildren.
Ken was preceded in death by his loving wife of 49 years, Margaret K. Wilson, July 11, 2013; one stepdaughter, Barbara Ann McMullen, April 13, 1994; one grandson, Jeffrey Lee Smith, July 13, 2004; and parents, Henry G. "Hank" and Lucille E. Wilson.
He is survived by one son, Keith Wilson and wife Cynthia, Sarasota, Fla.; one stepdaughter, Linda Lou Hornberger, Eldon; one grandson, Justin Wilson, San Diego, Calif.; one granddaughter, Stacy Marie Rush and husband Jason, Eldon; three great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Rush, Austin Rush and Aiden Jeffrey Smith; and one sister, Ruth Lucille Wilson, Washington.
Visitation was held from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Hickory Hill Baptist Church, Hickory Hill.
A funeral service followed, beginning at 11 a.m. at the church, with the Rev. Clyde Leonard officiating.
Graveside services and interment, with military honors, followed at Hickory Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Cole County Fire Department or the Washington Fire Department.
The Wilson family was served by Freeman Mortuary, Jefferson City, www.freemanmortuary.com.
Published in The Missourian on Mar. 5, 2014