He was born on Feb. 19, 1927, in rural Chetopa to Clinton and Anna (Gail) Wilson. As a young boy, he attended rural grade schools and was a 1944 graduate of Labette County Community High School in Altamont.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific.
He worked as a tool and die maker and quality control inspector at Boeing in Wichita for 28 years until retiring in 1982.
He married Christine Braden on Jan. 15, 1945. They later divorced.
Survivors include a son, Melvin Wilson of Joplin; a daughter, Kate Nixon and her husband, Bob, of Shell Knob, Mo.; three grandchildren, Sheri Darnell, Clint Wilson and Phil Nixon; and six great-grandchildren, Curtis Rowden, Desiree Nixon, Victoria Wilson, Aurora Wilson, Lyndsey Darnell and Jeri Darnell.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Merwin Wilson; two sisters, Gail Cunningham and Theda Wilson; and a son, Donald Wilson.
The graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Lake Creek Cemetery near Bartlett. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Bath-Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Chetopa. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Chetopa Manor and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 346, Chetopa, 67336.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.