||23 Apr 1917
||Denver, Colorado [2, 3]
||251 Bartram Rd., Riverside, IL  |
||17 Apr 2005
||Fort Collins, CO 
||Ward Family Tree
||09 May 2008 |
- current address:
2124 Eastwood Dr.
Ft. Collins, CO 80525
Fort Collins Coloradoan (CO) - April 20, 2005
Deceased Name: John Wilson
John Hayden Wilson, 87, of Fort Collins, died peacefully on Sunday, April 17, 2005, at home, surrounded by family and several resident pets. A service and celebration of his life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1208 W. Elizabeth St.
John was born on April 23, 1917, in Denver to Edwin and Belle Ward Scudder Wilson. He spent his formative years in Denver. Upon the death of his parents, John went to live with his half-sister, Juliette Kilbourne, and upon her death, lived with his half-brother, Felix Ward Scudder, in Riverside and Evanston, Ill. He entered college at 16 and graduated with a degree in civil engineering from Rose Polytechnic Institute in Terre Haute, Ind.
During World War II, John served as an officer in the Navy (Seabees), 1st Construction Battalion, and was stationed in New Hebrides (now Vanauatu), where he oversaw building of airfields and other wartime facilities in the Pacific.
On Sept. 14, 1946, he married Marjorie Thorne Oldacre and adopted her son, Bill, whose father was killed in Normandy in 1944. In 1951, they added a daughter, Juliette, to the family.
John ran his own general contracting business in the Chicago area and built public facilities throughout the Midwest. Margie and John lived between Riverside, Ill., and Largo, Fla., until 1970, when they settled in Florida. For the next 31 years, they played golf, enjoyed lifelong friendships and danced many nights away, interspersing time at home with extensive worldwide travels. In 2001, they relocated to Fort Collins, where they ran sick bay for their grandsons and reacclimated to snow. They attended St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
John was known for his nonjudgmental listening and wise counsel, his generosity, and especially his dry sense of humor, which made people around him laugh loud and often, including the spate of incomparable doctors, nurses and other care providers encountered during their years in Fort Collins.
John was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Margie. He (Dad, John, Uncle John, Grandpa) is survived by his son, Bill Oldacre, and his wife, Sherlee, of Gainesville, Fla.; daughter, Juliette Wilson, and husband, Jim Nielsen, and sons Geoff and Jordie Nielsen, all of Fort Collins; granddaughter, Maria McKay, and husband, Martin, and their daughters Brianna and Brooke of Valdosta, Ga.; sister-in-law, Pat Thorne, of Sun Valley, Idaho; and six well-loved nieces and nephews, along with their spouses and children. His openness, intellect and dry-wit outlook on life will be sorely missed by his family and many cherished friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Larimer County.
Fort Collins Coloradoan (CO)
Date: April 20, 2005
Record Number: ftc2005042111475732
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- [S108] Proof of Heirship.
- [S111] Soundex.
- [S250] interview with John H. Wilson.
- [S120] Probate Record: Felix Scudder.
- [S305] John H. Wilson Obit.
- [S119] Interview with William Oldacre.