Elmer Wilson - January 10, 2012Elmer Wilson, 86, of Grand Island, formerly of Marquette, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, at the St. Francis Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Higby-McQuiston Chapel in Aurora. Rev. Bill Stearns will officiate. Burial will be at Richland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Friday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary.
Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Elmer Kenneth Wilson, son of William and Delcia (LaPash) Wilson, was born at Laramie, Wyoming on Aug. 12, 19256.
Elmer served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 142nd Infantry Rainbow Division. Elmer served for 22 months in France, Germany and Austria. He was part of Bastogne that rescued the Dekalb Concentration Camp. He earned Purple Hearts before being honorable discharged. Elmer earned his G.E.D. through the military.
Elmer returned to own a Sinclair Service Station in Laramie, Wyo. Elmer married Ramona Webster in Laramie and two children were born to this union, Michael and Kathleen. In 1972, Elmer went to work for the Union Pacific Railroad as a machinist, where he retired from in 1993. Elmer then managed the Coop Station in Marquette until it closed in 1997.
Elmer married Joan Sapp on Jan. 28, 1978, and they had one son, Ken.
Elmer enjoyed tinkering with all kinds of things during his retirement, along with loving to watch the news. His health deteriorated and he was forced to seek care at the Grand Island Veterans Home.
Elmer was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother, Baby Wilson.
Survivors include his wife, Joan of Aurora; three children, Michael (Julie) Wilson of Laramie, Wyo., Kathleen Scott and husband Ken of Cleveland, Ohio and Ken Wilson of Aurora; six grandchildren, Andy Scott, Eric Scott, Tre’ Wilson, Jayden Wilson, Jordon Wilson and Rob; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Millicent Russell and Ethel Talbot; brother, Lewis Wilson and many nieces, nephews and cousins.