HURON — Richard “Dick” V. Wilson, 93, of Huron, passed away Friday, May 12, 2017, at SunQuest Healthcare Center.
Visitation with the family present will be from 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 27, at the Welter Funeral Home in Huron with interment and military honors by the Huron Veterans Council immediately following in Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery. A celebration of Richard’s life will be held in June with details to be announced at a later date.
Richard Wilson was born July 11, 1923 in Huron to Wayne and Bonnie (Fletcher) Wilson. After graduating from Huron High School in 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army January 1943, to serve the U.S. in WWII. After training, he was sent to the European Theater and was assigned to the Eighth Army Air Force in England and other parts of Europe servicing and repairing B-17 Bombers and P-38 Fighters. He was honorably discharged in November of 1945, and returned to South Dakota.
On July 14, 1945, he married Phyllis Gascoigne in Huron. He worked as a mechanic until he and his brother, Don Wilson, took over Wilson Motor Co. following the death of their father. He remained with Wilson Motor Co. until its sale and remained as shop manager for Bell Motors for several more years. He attended the First United Methodist Church and was involved in the Huron Lions Club and Huron Snowmobile Club.
He retired in 1985 to help care for Phyllis until her death in August 1986. He continued to keep busy in his workshop with many small projects and to ride his snowmobile when possible.
On March 18, 1988, Richard married Ruby Langbehn in Huron. Richard and Ruby were involved in the Fun Steppers Dance Club. He also became a caregiver for Ruby until her death in November 2012.
Richard is survived by three children, Jim (Erma) Wilson, Julie (Thomas) Hofer, and Jerry (Janet) Wilson; one stepson, Leroy Langbehn; seven grandchildren, Wayne (Kathleen) Wilson, Angela (Rodney) Drake, Robert (Jennifer) Wilson, Bryan (Phoebe) Hofer, David Hofer, Jessica (Joshua) Bosma, Joseph (Nichole) Wilson; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Don; his wife Phyllis; and his wife Ruby.