Wayne L. Wilson 1932-2013
Wayne LeRoy Wilson, 81, of Cokato, Minn., died Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 at St. Cloud Hospital after a 20-year battle with heart disease. Family members were present when he passed away.
Funeral services were held at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cokato
on Friday, Dec. 20. Burial will be at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements are by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home in Cokato.
Wayne was born February 28, 1932 in Miller, S.D. to Clifford W. and Lattie Mae Wilson. He was the youngest of five children. Wayne graduated from Miller High School in 1950, and enlisted in the South Dakota National Guard only weeks prior to the start of the Korean War.
Wayne was activated for duty in September 1950 and served two years in the Army.
In 1953, he met his future wife (Geneva) Maxine Runestad and they were united in marriage on May 22, 1955 in Miller. They lived in Clark, S.D. from 1955 to 1957, and then returned to Miller. Wayne and Maxine moved to Cokato in June 1967.
Wayne enjoyed people and believed in service and volunteer work. He was the coordinator for the Snow Queen/Corn Carnival Queen program for 19 years, from 1968 to 1987. He and Maxine volunteered to sell tickets for 22 years, from 1980 to 2002, at the Dassel Cokato High School football games. He was a member of the Litchfield Area Male Chorus for 35 years from, 1987 to 2013; was an active member of the 196th Regimental Combat Team (serving as president twice); and was a 60-year Mason.
Wayne was a local businessman for many years. He started in the banking industry and transitioned to insurance and real estate over the years. His sense of service and patriotism carried on to his family, with one son being the mayor of Glencoe, and another son and grandson career military officers, as well as a grandson-in-law, career military.
Wayne was a dedicated father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and was proud of everyone in his family.
Wayne was preceded in death by Maxine in 2009.
He is survived by their three children: Randy (Kay) Wilson of Glencoe, Minn.; Kevin (Jackie) Wilson of Cokato, Minn.; and Bethany (Rob) Atkins of Portland, Texas. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.