GENE A. WILSON
Gene A. Wilson, age 80,
of Faribault, went to be with his Lord and
I work at the new middle school in Northfield but had known Gene from his work in the former school and through his association with Ron Morris (who has a contribution also in this tribute page). The design of the new middle school was such that I didn't get to see Gene as often as I used to...but when circumstances brought us together, I would always stop to chat for however long my or his schedule would allow. In my last conversation with him (around May of 2007) he said to me: "What brings me to work each day is running into people with such big hearts. And Earl, you are one of those big hearts." I remember thinking, "ME?" I always greatly admired Gene and absolutely loved talking to such a genuine human being, but I always felt that, to him, my association was more or less residue from our mutual friend, Ron. It was his comment on our last meeting that I realized that he was a man who took ever interaction as a gift, as an opportunity, and never for granted. He gave me something that I will strive for the rest of my life to give to others: a piece of myself without ever losing a part of me. Thank you Gene...damn how I miss you!
My Uncle Gene was so special to me. I know he prayed for me and my brothers and sister's all our lives. and I really believe it was his prayers is the reason I'm serving the Lord today, and in the ministry.He and Aunt Dolly came to Oregon twice to visit with me and my family.We had such a great time. The first time was in the 70's Bandon,Or.We all went fishing, our daughter had such a great time once she got over being scared of the fish she caught. We went to one of those stocked ponds so wasn't hard to catch a fish. They came out to Oregon again when we were pastoring in Salem,Or.in the 80's and we went to the capital to explore. We also went to the Portland, Zoo with them. Such a great time of fellowship. I will look forward to seeing Uncle Gene and my brother Layne in heaven.He was a caring,loving Uncle which I'll always be thankful. Judy
I will ways remember the times that grandpa came down to visit for christmas and how he had to come with me to the hospital when i crashed on one of my toys; it wont be the same not having him around for that. I also remember when me and him would go fishing. I remember one time especially when we were fishing down near a dam, and we caught something nearly every cast. My grandfather has been such a great influence in my life and i will miss him so much.
To the family, After reading the obituary and the memories, I only wish I could have known Gene. What a legacy he left that he walked with God. John said, "I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth." (III John 4). How refreshing! May God give His grace and confidence to the family and friends during this season of loss. Pastor Levi of Cody Bible Church
I Will Always Remember I will always remember getting up really early in the morning just so I could go out fishing with you before everyone else woke up. I will always remember the way you would sound when you would read us Bible verses after you had taken out your teeth. I will always remember that you liked apricot jam on your bread at every meal. And I will always remember the way your whisker rubs tickled my face. I will always remember listening to you and grandma praying together in bed before you would fall to sleep at night. And I will always remember winning in dominos (even if you remember it a little differently). I will always remember when you would sneak a peak at me through one eye when others thought you were napping. And I will always remember the twinkle in your eye. I will always remember your daily attire...overalls. I will always remember how you lived your life...to worship our Lord, Jesus Christ. I will forever be honored to say I knew you, and will someday join you in heaven to sing Amazing Grace too. ~I love you, Robin Gene
I had no brothers or sisters so Gene was like brother to me. We both married in August, he in 1948 and I in 1949. He and Dolly had four children and my wife and I had five. The first four were born at similar times and then the Wilsons quit! We went on to have one more five years later. I have some snap shots in my mind I would like to share: 1. Gene with a truck load of cement blocks for the basement of the Northfield Church. 2. Dolly coming to church one Sunday morning without Gene who had tangled with a Jersey bull and was in the hospital. 3. Overhauling my 1940 Ford motor in his garage. 4. Bringing a truck with our remaining stuff to California at Christmas time in 1961. What a blessing it ws to be friends but much more to be together as a part of the family of God. I look forward to that time when we will all be gathered together with the Lord. That may be soon if Jesus comes before our time of departure. Praise God for our eternal hope in Jesus. God Bless you, Dolly and girls. We love you. John (&Corky) Gollnick
I will always remember when Gene and Dolly would come and stay at our house. We would do devotions and Gene would always have a story about his life that would relate to the Bible verse. Gene always had words of wisdom and a Bible verse to go with it. Gene a great disciple for the Lord! When Gene and I would go into store or just walking where there were others around Gene would often stop someone and talk to them about there relationship with the Lord. Gene has taught me to have a better more personal relationship with the Lord. Scott
I know you'll miss him terribly. My memory of him is he was such a sweet, giving man. He did so much for my mother when you passed through Macon on occaision. Just want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Love, JoAnne
All who knew Gene knew that he walked with Jesus. There were also some who knew him that had the added blessing of experiencing the ease and gentleness in which he ministered. I was one of those fortunate ones. This soft spoken, unassuming, gentle man had an impact on my life as he shared what Christ had done in his life. As our friendship grew over the years I came to know first hand the love Gene had for life, for people, and for Jesus. The quiet, gentle manner in which Gene ministered to me had a direct impact on my eventual date with Christ, and my full understanding of what a personal relationship with Jesus would mean for me. At our church out here in Eureka, MT, I gave my testimony to our congregation just two days ago. Gene was a big part of my testimony. When Shirley and I arrived home later that afternoon we received word from our good friend, Earl Weinmann, that Gene had just died the day before. We felt sadness, yes, but it is with joy that I celebrate his life. The gentle man, who with such ease and grace, shared Jesus with me. I shared with our congregation out here that everyone needs a Christian mentor. Gene Wilson was and will always be mine. He was with me as I began my walk and he was with me as I shared my testimony. It felt so good to have shared this life with Gene. It feels even better knowing where he is now. Ron Morris 300 Hunter Lane Eureka, MT 59917