Donald LeRoy Wilson, 89

Published 10:50 am Friday, September 23, 2016

Donald LeRoy Wilson, 89

Donald LeRoy Wilson, 89

Donald L. Wilson, 89, of Austin, Minnesota, died Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016, at Mayo Clinic Health Systems Hospital in Austin.

Donald LeRoy Wilson was born Dec. 22, 1926, at Park Rapids, Minnesota, the son of Lawrence and Blanche (Sanford) Wilson. He graduated from the Park Rapids, Minnesota, high school and was a Seabee in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Don married Marilyn J. Gloege on Aug. 24, 1950, in Hubbard, Minnesota. He was a retired employee of the Hormel Foods Corp.

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Don was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, a member of the Austin Eagles Club, and the Mower County Seniors. He also belonged to the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Don was honored to participate in an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., to visit the WWII Memorial.

Don was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed spending summers at the lake in northern Minnesota. He participated in the very first and many subsequent Methodist Storm Camps around Park Rapids. He repaired watches and clocks and also transported cars.

Don is survived by his wife, Marilyn Wilson of Austin, Minnesota; children, Harlan Wilson of Park Rapids, Minnesota, Richard (Lynn) Wilson of Atlanta, Georgia, Scott (Tamara) Wilson of Austin, Carole Wilson (Jay Weitzel) of Wells, Minnesota; grandchildren, Shala, Kris, Heather, T.J., McKenzie, Amber and Tyler; great-grandchildren, Kyelee, Rose, Logan, Kaiden, Gracen, Bennett, Cruz and Alexis; nieces, nephews and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Helen Sylvester and a brother Fred A. Wilson.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dennis Tamke officiating. Interment will be at Grandview Cemetery with Austin Post No. 91 American Legion and Olaf B. Damm Post No. 1216 Veterans of Foreign Wars in charge of military rites. Visitation will be held at the church on Sunday from 1 pm until the time of the service. Memorials are preferred to First United Methodist Church. Clasen-Jordan Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.