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Stanley G. Wilson

Jun 11, 2013 - Staff

Stanley G. Wilson died Wednesday, June 5, 2013, in Indianapolis with his wife and son at his bedside following complications after a liver transplant. He was 69 years old.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 14, in the United Methodist Church in Riverton with Pastor Echo Klaproth officiating.

Stanley Glenn Wilson was born Sept. 22, 1943, in Riverton, the son of Glenn and Phyllis (Foster) Wilson.

As a young child he was raised and spent many happy days on the farm of his grandparents Charlie and Selma Foster. He played Little League baseball during its start-up years in Riverton and was an accomplished wrestler for Riverton High School.

After graduating from RHS in 1961, he went to work in the warehouse for Farmer's Exchange Elevator, working his way up to general manager.

He met Louella Devish in 1961, and they married June 6, 1965. They had a son, Rick, in 1973. The family lived in Riverton until 1985 at which time they moved to Billings, Mont.

There the couple joined forces with Larry and Joyce Liptac, purchasing Mountain View Supply in Billings, Mont., and building it from a small restaurant and bar supply house into a well-respected regional business. They later bought an outlet in Missoula, Mont. His family said he was an astute businessman. They sold the restaurant business in 2003.

The couple loved the mountains of Wyoming and Montana. They spent many happy hours snowmobiling with friends around Dubois and Jackson. While in Billings, Mont., they found a cabin situated on the Stillwater River southwest of Columbus and Absarokee, Mont., and worked to turn it and the ground into a beautiful and popular gathering place for family and friends, and a place where Mr. Wilson worked on his many wood projects.

As the retirement years beaconed, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson spent the winter months in Mesa, Ariz., which became their home. They sold the property on the Stillwater River and moved to Absarokee, Mont., bought an RV and spent their summers in it traveling back and forth to Mesa, Ariz. They enjoyed traveling through Canada and to Alaska to go salmon fishing with family and friends.

Mr. Wilson was an active member of the Lion's and Elks clubs in communities in which he lived and served in various community organizations.

Mr. Wilson's health declined, and he received a liver transplant April 12, 2013, in Indianapolis.

He is survived by his wife, Louella Kay Wilson; son Rick Alan (Kara) of Vancouver, Wash.; sisters Pat (Keith) Jones of Sheridan and Virginia (Lee) Ratz of Colorado Springs, Colo.; brothers Ron (Kathy) Wilson of Billings, Mont., Tom (Sharon) Wilson of Riverton, Randy Wilson of Las Vegas, and Mike (Colleen) Wilson of Riverton; mother-in-law Betty Devish; sisters and brothers-in-law Karen and Dave Redfern, Kurt and Debbie Devish; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother Richard Wilson; and father-in-law and mentor Marvin Devish.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor's choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home of Riverton.

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