"Dignity without Compromise"



V.R. Wilson

V.R. Wilson passed away on Wednesday, August 25, 2004 at his home after a long and valiant battle against Parkinsonís disease.

He was born on January 6, 1920 in Pittsburgh, Oklahoma to John and Martha (Parker) Wilson. His family moved to Henryetta where he attended Henryetta Public Schools.

Mr. Wilson enlisted in the Air Force on September 8, 1941. He was a Tech Sergeant in the 452nd Bomb Group in the 8th Air Force. He served as a gunner on a B-17 flying in the European Theatre. The crew was captured in Germany on their 13th mission. He was held as a prisoner of war in Krems Austria for thirteen months in Stalag 17 B. They released him on May 15, 1945 and a recipient of numerous medals of Honor.

Mr. Wilson returned to Henryetta and married Dorothy Irene Hammons on June 21, 1945. They had two daughters, Judy Kaye Wilson and Linda Rae Wilson.

V.R. was employed in electrical maintenance with ASG Industries for 27 years, and then worked for Ingersol Rand until his retirement. He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed gardening, fishing and hunting as well as traveling. V.R. was an avid reader and a believer in continuing oneís education for life. He was a kind, loving and devoted husband, daddy, brother and "Pa-pa. He leaves his family with a wealth of lifeís lessons for he found pleasure in being an All-American man.

He was lovingly cared for at home by his wife and daughter and close family friend, Carrie Mabrey. Loyce Ledbetter, Joyce Grant, Dana Hansen, Donna Regan, Cleo Swayze, Almeda Kemp, Patsy Wells, Ann Soma and Janis Dalcour were his caregivers and their care and devotion to him could be unsurpassed.

His parents, brother Frederick Wilson and daughter, Judy Kaye Evans in March of 1995, predeceased him.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Dorothy, of the home in Okmulgee, daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Terry Moore, three grandsons, Ryan and Jeff Evans of Tulsa and Shawn Evans of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Two granddaughters, Lindsay Buell and husband Eric of Pasadena, Maryland and Casey Moore of Moore, Oklahoma, two great granddaughters Ashlynn Rae Evans and Anna Kaye Evans of Tulsa, two sisters, Hazel Rutherford of Visalia, California and Helen Wilson of Oklahoma City, and long time family friend, Earlene Stains, as well as a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, August 31, 2004 at 4 pm at the Okmulgee Cemetery under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home. There will be no viewing. Friends are requested to visit with the family at the home of Terry and Linda Moore, 1609 Country Club Drive after the services. The family suggests donations be made to the American Ex-Prisoners of Wars, 3201 E. Pioneer Parkway, Suite 40, Arlington, TX 76010 or American Parkinson Disease Assn., 1250 Hylan Blvd., Suite 4 B, Staten Island, NY or the Okmulgee Education Foundation, P.O. Box 464, Okmulgee, OK. 74447.