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Dwight Rutherford Wilson

DWIGHT R. WILSON

March 28, 2013

On March 28th, 2013 Dwight Rutherford Wilson, 80, sailed from this earth with blue skies above and a breeze on his beam. Dwight was born to Jack and Casilda Wilson on October 24,1932 in West Palm Beach Florida. His older brother,Trevie preceded him in death. Dwight loved the outdoors and spent many hours fishing and diving around the Palm Beach and Jupiter Inlets. After two years at the University of Florida studying entomology, Dwight joined the Army and was stationed in Germany, where he met his wife, Christa Fuhs. Beginning a story book romance Dwight brought Christa to Florida had two children Hans and Gretchen. 1966 he moved his family to Captiva to become the first superintendant to build the golf course at South Seas Plantation. In 1973, he was President of the Florida Golf Course Superindendents Association. Dwight and Christa loved to entertain the island residents and guests with parties in the backyard of their Captiva home by cooking, playing music and dancing. Dwight was one of the stars of the singing duo at Scotty's Pub, with Scotty Gale playing mandolin and other family members providing back up with drums and bass. Dwights passion for sailing equalled his love for playing music and painting. He started competitive sailing in 1975 aboard the Beschwipst and was awarded two 100 race trophies from the Caloosahatchee Marching Chowder Society sailing club. In spite of his zest for competitive sailing, when the wind died it was not unlike him to drop the sails, start the engine and begin making his world famous Bloody Mary's for the crew. In 1983 Dwight accepted an opportunity to build a new golf course at the Hideaway in Ft. Myers. He and Christa moved off of Captiva to their current home in Deep Lagoon. Dwight and Christa continued to make new friends and to entertain at their home, getting out of competitive sailing and instead cruising around Southwest Florida. His favorite anchorage was the Sanibel Bight.

Dwight was a patient, friendly, lovable man. He was a friend to all he met and a true gentle giant. He was a strong man, surviving many illnesses, finally succumbing to a stroke.

He will be missed by many and celebrated for all the wonderful times and opportunities he created for his friends and family. He is survived be his wife, Christa, Hans (Shelley), Gretchen (Joe) and two grandsons,Jack and Sam in Ft. Myers and one granddaughter, Kathryn in Sarasota.

A celebration of life ceremony for Dwight will be held May 19th on the Sanibel Causeway at noon.


Published in The News-Press from May 6 to May 12, 2013
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