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Carl F. Wilson, of Independence, passed away peacefully in the loving presence of his wife Beverly and their sons on January 23, 2022 of natural causes.
Carl had done all the living, loving and laughing he came here to do.
Carl was born on August 29, 1939 to Fred Wilson and Opal Wilson (Ballantyne) in California. After being sent home to live out his few expected weeks in this life, he decided there was far too much fun to be had and love to be spread, so he extended his stay by 82 years.
He attended William Chrisman High School, where he met Beverly Strick. They married a few years later, and then again a few decades later.
Carl was a tool and die maker, business owner, machinist, jack-of-all-trades, woodworking and steam engine hobbyist, entertainer of children of all ages, clown, and spark of life wherever he went.
Carl touched many lives, and they all learned a little bit more about what it meant to love and be loved, how to truly enjoy the everyday ecstasies of life, or both. He was an avid spelunker, lover of nature in all its forms, scout leader, road tripper, exclaimer over everyday beauty, and laughter generator extraordinaire.
He was a wonderful father, teaching his sons Keith and Kent all they needed to know about life, love, faith and laughter. We will miss him dearly, and we are happy to have been there to wish him godspeed as he took the final journey back home.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, second wife Linda (Ferguson), many uncles, aunts, cousins and farflung relations, friends from many walks of life, and absolutely no one he did not love. He was survived by his wife Beverly, brothers Wilbur and Dale, sons Keith and Kent, daughters in law Lynn and Katherine, and grandchildren Amanda, Brandon, Arielle, and Joshua, along with step grand children, great grand children, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and people who called him friend and mentor.
Services will be held at New Hope RLDS congregation, on February 5th at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, please make any desired donations to the Dementia Society of America, or to New Hope RLDS Congregation.