Wesley Wilson, 83, passed away Dec. 2 in Burns.
He was born in Roseburg Nov. 2, 1931, the seventh child of Achsa Hazel Davenport and Harry George Wilson.
He was raised on a small farm. Perhaps that is why he loved gardening and animals. As a teenager, Wesley, his brothers, Wallace and Warren, and friend, Merle Wilson, participated as bronco, bareback riders. The announcer would get mixed up and say it’s just one of those Wilson boys.
Wes left home at an early age. He started working on ranches, eventually ending up in Montana. Wesley was 19 when he was on a trip to Idaho. He saw this young girl and made the comment that he was going to marry her. His friend said he was crazy. However, eight months later, Wesley married Sadie Lamona Cloward on July 5, 1952. He always considered that was the best choice he ever made. Sixty-two years later, he was still madly in love with Lamona.
They made their first home in Bend, where he worked as a pole lineman. He was drafted into the Army in January 1953, after just a few months of married life. He served for 14 months as a pole lineman in Korea. When he returned, he went to work for a ranch in Mitchell, and spent the next 39 years there. During that time, he worked on ranches, and in the woods, thinning and logging.
In October 1956, Wes and Lamona had a daughter, Achsa Virginia. In 1957, a son was born, Sterling Lee. Then, in July 1960, a son, Kenneth Dean was born. Also born to them, another son, Cody Wayne, in August 1961. Later, they became involved in foster care and adopted their fifth child, William Wesley Wilson.
They moved to Harney County in 1994, where they spent the remainder of Wesley’s life.
Wesley was a hard worker, fixed anything that needed fixed, never knew a stranger, and helped everyone he saw. He was a kind loving man to all, and his word was his bond.
Wesley is survived by his loving wife, Sadie Lamona Wilson; five children, Virginia and Alan Davis of Surprise, Ariz., Lee and Pam Wilson of Burns, Kenneth Wilson of Cave Junction, Cody and Adele Wilson of Canyon City, and William Wilson of Burns; brother, Wallace Wilson; sister; Helen Rowell; sister-in-law, Isa Larkin and husband, Bob; 16 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, Jessie Lee Marcy.
Wesley was preceded in death by his brothers, Walter and Warren Wilson; sisters, Hilda and Hazel; and daughter-in-law, Felicia Wilson.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Contributions in Wesley Wilson’s memory may be made to the Latter-day Saints Missionary Program in care of LaFollette’s Chapel. P.O. Box 488, Burns OR 97720.