Donald E. Wilson

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Donald Eugene Wilson went home to Jesus on March 6, 2019, at age 82.

Donald was born to Jerry Wilson and Rose Piotroski-Wilson on January 9, 1937, in Gaylord, Michigan.

During his high school years he participated in various sports and played in the band.

After graduation in 1956, he entered the workforce and enlisted in the United States Navy.  While serving his country for 4 years, he excelled to Petty Officer.  During that time the family was living in Wyoming, MI.

After meeting Kathleen Rita Reynolds, the two wed on October 3, 1959 at St. Mary Church in Gaylord.  The union would grow to include 6 children; daughters, Holly (Fred) Jakeway, Brenda (Steve Sr.) Ward, Melody (Steve) Everett and Joy (John) Looby; sons, Kurtis (Ruth Ann) Wilson and Jason Wilson; 15 grandchildren, Heidi, Cam, Amanda, Steve Jr., DJ, Adam, Kaylee, Tyler, Logan, Brittany, Kurstin, Emily, Katelynn, Nastassia, and Collin; 11 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Floyd, Chester and Joann.

In 1972 the family moved to Boyne Falls where they joined the Boyne Valley Catholic Community. Donald was a member of the choir at St. Augustine Church and served as Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus.

Donald was a simple man and a man of few words; but when he spoke, people listened.

He and his wife proudly shared the honor of being Grand Marshall at the 2016 Polish Festival.

Donald was also involved in the Charlevoix County Senior Center, where he enjoyed bowling and social events.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Augustine Church in Boyne Falls (2347 Grove St.).  Visitation will be held at the church on Friday, March 8, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., concluding with a rosary led by the Knights of Columbus at 6:00 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Knights of Columbus, Boyne City Council #6314.

13 comments on “Donald E. Wilson”

  1. Cathy and Robert Malec

    Aunt Kathleen and family, There are no words to adequately express our sorrow. He was very special to us and we will always remember him with smiles and love. He will never be forgotten. We send our love and prayers to all of you.

  2. Too all the family up north and the ones everywhere, our love and prayers are with you all.

    Love, Nick, Briannah, Keatan, and Rush

  3. Jennifer Wendt

    Aunt Kathleen-my thoughts and prayers are with you. Recalling fond memories of all of my time up north with you both.

    Love, Jennifer

  4. Such an honorable man, Don was to have been a part of my childhood growing up. He was always so kind to provide us kids rides to town for the basketball games, which he loved to go watch. So many good memories of him. He will always hold a dear place in my heart. Sing loud with our angels U Don! 😘

  5. Patrice Turner

    To Aunt Kathleen and family, There are no words to describe what sorrow you are all going through right now but turn it over to God and he will help with your sadness and loss. You have a very large family that is grieving with you, so know that he was a very special man in all our lives. Keep your memories close by to help you get through your sorrows. We love you all, Tony and Trice, Erin and Brad.

  6. Sending my love and prayers to you and your family at this special time. Will see you when I return to Michigan in May. Nancy Forcier

  7. Kevin & Marlene Robinson

    Dear Kathleen & Family,

    We were so saddened to hear of Don passing away. Don was such a wonderful man. We always looked forward to and enjoyed having lunch and visiting with him at the senior center. God Bless and many hugs and prayers to all

  8. Roger & Diana (Wendt) Jachim

    You helped us move from Escanaba to Wyoming, Mich, then went to dinner at Andres on Alpine! We’ve never laughed so hard since!! We love you dearly & will miss you, Uncle Don!!

  9. Nancy Anderson

    Kathleen I’m so very sorry, I just heard about your sweet hubby being called home to God.
    My thoughts and prayers of comfort to. You and your family.
    Nancy Anderson

  10. I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to you and your family on the loss of your husband and father.

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