Douglas Wayne Wilson

Douglas (Doug) Wayne Wilson of Columbia, Missouri was born in St. Louis, Missouri on June 1, 1966 and passed away surrounded by his wife, two daughters and friends peacefully on November 22, 2020 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.  Doug was hospitalized on October 9, 2020 and bravely fought COVID-19 complications after 45 days.  Doug worked for the Kroger Company for over 20 years in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma, co-owned Village Books bookstore with Becky Asher (deceased) for 15 years in Columbia and was employed with the State of Missouri, Department of Corrections for four years in Jefferson City.  He passionately volunteered for the non-profit Central Missouri Renaissance Festival for over five years.  In all of these capacities throughout the years, he has touched, mentored and inspired many people.  


He was preceded in death by his father, William James Wilson. He is survived by the following: mother, Sue Wilson; wife of 28 years, Shannon Wilson; two daughters and six grandchildren Candice (Wilson) & Aaron Hubbard with Madeline and William of Jefferson City, Missouri ; Bailee (Wilson) & Robert Young with Samuel, Anna, Brenden and Autumn of Columbia, Missouri; one brother Derek & Donna Wilson with Noah, Benjamin, Hannah, Luke and Jaxan of Tuscon, Arizona; uncle and aunt Roylee & Carol Wilson of Marshall, Missouri; and one cousin David Keckler of Jefferson City, Missouri and many friends. 


There will be a Celebration of Life ceremony honoring Doug’s life by sharing our memories of him on Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 2-6 pm at the Sturgeon Youth Center & Shelter at 403 W. McDowell Street, Sturgeon, Missouri 65284 (next door).  Due to COVID-19 precautions, masks will be mandatory.  This will be a semi-outside event, please dress casually and appropriate for weather.  Also, for a limited time there will be a Zoom opportunity for all who cannot attend in person.  More details about the Celebration of Life ceremony can be found on social media ( or by contacting Shannon Wilson by email at


In lieu of flowers, please help support the following non-profit entities that Doug was thankful for and passionate about:

American Red Cross of Columbia: 1511 S Providence Rd., Columbia, MO  65203 or for other ways to donate


Central Missouri Renaissance Festival: PO Box 355, Holts Summit, MO  65043 or by PayPal at


  1. Loretta L Gillooly-Lewis on November 28, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Doug was a wonderful person. He will forever be missed by his Gerbes family.
    Thoughts and prayers for his family,
    Loretta Gillooly-Lewis

  2. sherrill roberts on November 29, 2020 at 10:27 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Doug was a great person. The last time I saw him was at his bookstore. He had a humorous personality and was an honorable man just like his Dad, Bill Wilson. We Sturgeon citizens will miss him greatly. Sue, Shannon and family you are in my heart and prayers.
    Sherrill Roberts

  3. Pam Barnes on November 29, 2020 at 7:38 pm

    I was a freshman when Doug was a senior. He was one of the nicest people that I met at my time at sturgeon . im so sorry for your loss . My prayers go out to Shannon and his girls along with Sue and Derick.

  4. Richelle McDowell on December 1, 2020 at 9:05 am

    Doug will be greatly missed! He was such an uplifting person and wonderful co-worker.

  5. Sarah M. Anderson on December 3, 2020 at 8:25 am

    I’m so sorry to hear this. I knew Doug through Village Books and he was a fun, thoughtful, all-around great guy who cared about books. Please accept my condolences on your loss and take care.

  6. Crystal Lanphier on December 3, 2020 at 9:35 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. I only knew Doug through Village Books and Becky, but he was a warm and fun person to talk to. Please know your family is in my thoughts.

  7. Kate Ryan on December 3, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    I met Doug through Becky Asher. He joined an online booksellers group that I formed for RT Book Reviews Magazine. I never met Doug in person– but gosh– he was the funniest, most acerbic guy ever. He had us all in stitches always. I am so sorry to learn this truly sad news. My most sincere condolences to his family.

  8. Charley Lodwick on December 4, 2020 at 10:06 am

    A Blessing to all, got to know and work with him at Gerbes, a really special fellow, thanks for all he did for so many. he with Butch will be missed each day. Two of the BEST are now in Heaven!! My thoughts and prayers to all!!

  9. Kathy Nacy on December 4, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    Shannon, I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  10. John Potzmann on December 5, 2020 at 9:54 am

    I enjoyed playing and working with Doug. He was always kind-hearted. He will be missed very much. CMRF will not be the same.
    Condolences and Prayers.
    “Gentleman” John

  11. Marta Nolin on December 16, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    I’m so terribly sorry for your loss. I just learned of Doug’s death. I retired from Corrections near the send of Sept. He was a really nice person. Always a kind word, positive & helpful. My deep condolences.

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