Ronald L. Wilson - February 18, 2014Ronald L. Wilson, age 75, of Aurora, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at Memorial Hospital, with his family by his side.
Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 22 at the United Methodist Church in Aurora. Revs. Michael Patzloff and Mary Scott will officiate. Interment will be in the Aurora Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Higby-McQuiston Mortuary. Memorials may be made in care of family. Condolences may be e-mailed to the family through the mortuary website at www.higbymortuary.com.
Ronald Lewis Wilson, the son of George H. and Lois L. (Mock) Wilson, was born in Aurora, Nebr. on March 10, 1938 and passed away in Aurora, Nebr. on Feb. 18, 2014, at the age of 75.
Ronald grew up in Aurora, Nebr. and graduated from Aurora High School in 1956. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Sept. 1, 1959. During his time in the Navy, Ronald was an HMI corpsman (medic, x-ray). He served on the USS Wright CC-2 in 1968. It was a command Presidential communication ship based in Norfolk, VA. The ship was decommissioned in 1969. Ronald also served on the USS Coral Sea CV43 from 1974 to 1978. They went all over the Far East including Perth, Australia, Philippines, Singapore, Korea, Okinawa, Japan. The ship was based in Alameda, CA.
On Dec. 28, 1961, he married Lois E. Scull at Quantico, Va. After being transferred from coast to coast and raising their children, Ronald and Lois settled at their present home in Aurora, when Ronald retired from the Navy in 1979 after 20 years of service. Ronald was a Radiology Technologist at Aurora Memorial Hospital and at the VA Hospital in Grand Island. He also worked for Easy Lawn installing sprinklers after retirement taking x-rays. Lois passed away on Feb. 2, 2014.
Ronald enjoyed his family and grandchildren. He and Lois enjoyed taking the RV out camping around Nebraska. He took pride in his yard work and helping Lois in the garden. Ronald enjoyed woodworking. He also built model cars. He loved classic and muscle cars. He was a John Wayne fanatic and loved old cowboy and war movies.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Lois, one brother and six sisters.
Those left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Jennifer (Doyle) Lemkau of Grand Island; three sons, Ron (Rhonda) Wilson of Grand Island, Jeffrey Wilson of Aurora and Rodney (Kris) Wilson of Aurora; 5 grandchildren, Tegan Lemkau, Katelyn and A.J. (Adam) Wilson ,Trent and Derek Wilson; 4 brothers, Robert (Rosemary) Wilson of Omaha, Gerald ‘Fritz’ (Sally) Wilson of Aurora, Jim (Diane) Wilson of Lincoln and John Wilson of Central City; 4 sisters, Charlotte Monson of Grand Island, Connie May of Hastings, Shirley Wieczorek of Aurora, Linda Modrell of McCook and numerous nieces and nephews.