Stuart Wilson, age 66 of Kadoka, S.D., died Thursday, September 19, 2013, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Stuart Arthur Wilson was born March 17, 1947, to Earl Reiger Wilson, Sr and Emily Kahaleihinano (Smith) Wilson in Cumberland, Md. He joined an older brother Earl Reiger Wilson, Jr. The family then returned to Hale’iwa on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaiian Islands. In the next few years, a sister, Karen Leilani, and brother, Steven Phillip, joined the family.
Stuart spent his early childhood on and around the beaches of northern Oahu. After the family moved to Cumberland, Md., he and his older brother helped their father rebuild airplanes, stretching the fabric on the wings and fuselage, gluing, shellacing and painting them. Both he and his brother learned to fly at an early age. They also helped with tending the animals, haying and gardening on their small family farm. Stuart enjoyed helping his grandfather with his greenhouse and garden. As a young man he had paper routes, and during his high school years he worked at Ferdinand’s drive-in restaurant and Max’s Gulf gas station and auto repair.
Stuart began his elementary education on Oahu. He graduated from Fort Hill High School, Cumberland, in 1965. He played baseball and football during his school years.
Stuart enlisted in the U.S. Air Force for four years on August 23, 1965.
On December 14, 1968, Stuart married Vicki Diane Headlee. Upon his release from the Air Force they moved to Mooresville, N.C., where Stuart worked for a building construction company. In 1969 they moved to Lincoln, Neb., where Stuart obtained his official private pilot’s license at Lincoln Aviation. He had begun his commercial pilot’s training when their daughter Reagan was born. He then began his truck driving career as an over the road driver. Over the next 30+ years he hauled textiles, meat and produce, livestock, boats, equipment, and bees. In the early 1970s they moved to New Underwood where he owned and operated Stu’s 66 gas station and auto repair and he attended National College of Business. In 1977, they moved to Kadoka. Stuart continued to drive truck over the road, but also helped his in-laws, Charles and Edith Perault, on their ranch, worked at Philip Livestock Auction, was a heavy equipment operator on area road construction projects, and worked for Lauritsen Enterprises, an apiary, as a worker and bee hauler. During the early 1990s through 2002, Stuart and Vicki owned and operated Wilson’s Spraying, where they did rough country spraying for noxious weeds. Over the years Stuart built several motorcycles. He was an excellent mechanic.
Stuart is survived by his wife, Vicki; his sister, Karen (Larry) Speir, Glen Rock, Pa.; his brother, Steven (Dana) Wilson, Wichita Falls, Texas; his children, Brad (Rhonda) Deschamp, Rapid City, Reagan (Terry) Ison, Ft. Worth, Texas, and Willard (Jennifer) Wilson, Eastover, S.C.; grandchildren, Brady Deschamp, Daniel Deschamp, Aloni Deschamp, Victoria Wilson, Amanda Wilson and Bowen Wilson; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Stuart was preceded in death by his parents and his brother and sister-in-law, Earl, Jr. and Sherri Wilson.
Military graveside services were held Monday, September 23, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
Pallbearers were Jeff Lauritsen, Steve Langer, Tom DeVries, Glen Bennett, Tad Auker and Tom Struble.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Black Hills National Cemetery, the S.D. Veterans Support Council or the Ft. Meade VA Medical Center.
His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome. com