Bruce Funeral Home, Inc.
106 South Center
PO Box 192
Gardner, KS 66030
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Jerry Alvin Wilson, 76, Olathe, Kansas passed away at his home on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Visitation will be Monday, July 11, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. at Bruce Funeral Home, 106 S. Center... Read More
Jerry Alvin Wilson, 76, Olathe, Kansas passed away at his home on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. Visitation will be Monday, July 11, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. at Bruce Funeral Home, 106 S. Center, Gardner, Kansas 66030 (913) 856-7111. Memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan’s Purse, International Relief. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com
Jerry was born on November 10, 1945 in Gainesville, Texas to James Henry and Billie Jean (Gaither) Wilson. He grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from high school at Marietta, Oklahoma. Jerry married Morsha Suzann Ellis in Ardmore, Oklahoma on October 7, 1967. Jerry spent 28 years in service to the United States Army and retired from the Army Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel. Jerry was a helicopter pilot, flying Chinooks in the Vietnam War. He was a well-educated man with a BA degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and a BSBA in business from Rockhurst University as well as an MA from Rockhurst. He was a reader of military history, novels of intrigue and Louis L'Amour westerns. He loved John Wayne movies, A & W bacon cheeseburgers, twinkies and the Calvin and Hobbes cartoon series. He was a natural storyteller and a great writer telling stories about history, family and the military. He loved Jesus, his family and his country. Jerry spent many years traveling the world and stated that he had seen all he needed to see and he was ready for heaven. Jerry was a member of Westside Nazarene Church, Olathe, Kansas.
Jerry is survived by his wife Suzann of the home; daughters: Emily (Brian) Wright, Olathe, Kansas, Amy (Ron) Bloodgood, Olathe, Kansas and Sara (Robert) Hotchkiss, Gardner, Kansas; brothers: Jimmy Wilson, Tommy Wilson and Nelson (Cindy) Barber; sister Sheila (Ray) Greenwood, all of Marietta, Oklahoma; grandchildren: Tyler, Kaitlyn, Christopher, Claire and Cooper and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers: Don Wilson, Van Barber and Ricky Barber and granddaughter Avery Hotchkiss.
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