Obituary for Ronald G. Wilson

(November 10, 1936 – January 21, 2018)

Our loving, quick-witted and energetic, husband, brother, father, uncle, grandfather and great grandfather Ronald G. Wilson, age 81, passed away peacefully at his home on the morning of January 21, 2018.

Ron was born November 10, 1936 in Los Angeles, California. There he graduated high school then studied at East Los Angeles Junior College where he took an avid interest in architecture and mechanical engineering. In 1956 he made the long journey by steam-liner to Stockholm, Sweden, where he served an LDS mission for the next three years. Ron joined the Army Reserves upon returning. Shortly after, Ron met the love of his life, Shirley Phelps. They were married on August 27, 1960 in the Los Angeles LDS Temple. There in California they had their first three sons and one daughter before moving to Alpine, Utah where they had their last son.

Ron was a sales engineer in the process instrumentation and control industry and was highly coveted and recognized as an industry leader. Ron enjoyed being outside, working around the yard. He also enjoyed putting his amazing home decorating and remodeling skills to good use. Every home in which he lived had his touch and were all beautiful. His favorite pastime though was putting a smile on the face of his loved ones. He loved being around his family and nurturing the aspirations of those around him. Ron lived a life of service. He was a bishop and was called several times to serve in bishoprics and branch presidencies, including the Mission Training Center, of the LDS church. He also served two additional LDS missions later in life with Shirley in Baltimore, Maryland and the Addiction Recovery Program in Orem, Utah.  Until his last day on this earth, he was helping and serving those around him.

Ron is preceded in death by his parents James and Rachel Wilson; brother James (ReVoe) Wilson; sisters Lois (Art) Ceja and Carolyn West; daughter-in-law Kemley Wilson. Ron is survived by his wife Shirley Wilson, his children Steven Wilson, Ronald (Andrea) Wilson, Sean (Lisa) Wilson, Shirlene (Matthew) Barlow and Christopher Wilson; brother Dennis (Patty) Wilson; brother-in-law Dan West; Grand children Jenessa (Kenny) Griffin, Haley (Tyrone) Jackson, Brady Wilson, Riley Wilson, Nicole Wilson, Jared Wilson, Ellie Wilson, Tanner (Karlee) Wilson, Bailey (Tate) Laing, Logan Wilson, Cole Wilson, Lauren Barlow, Micaela Barlow, and Anthon Barlow; Great grandchildren Landon Griffin and Ella Jackson, with whom he all loved greatly.

Ron’s life will be celebrated on January 30, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Suncrest 5th Ward Chapel, 140 North 400 West Orem, Utah. There will be a viewing for family and friends prior to the funeral at 9:00 a.m. at the same address. Ron would appreciate all of those who knew and loved him to share in this celebration of his life.