Gary Wilson funeral Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Gary Wilson funeral Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Gary Dan Wilson, 70, husband of the Rev. Dana Wilson, died unexpectedly at their home in Weatherford, TX, on Friday, November 5, 2021.

The memorial service will be at 1 pm Wednesday, November 10, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 595 Mcllhaney St. in Stephenville, Texas. The Right Reverend Scott Mayer, bishop of the Episcopal Church in North Texas, will officiate and preach. The Rev. Canon Linda Taylor and the Rev. Deacon Ayo Ominiyi will assist. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 2506, Stephenville, TX, 76401.

Clergy are invited to vest and process. White stoles, please. Please RSVP to the Rev. Canon Janet Waggoner at janet.waggoner@ecntx.org if you are planning to attend, so that St. Luke’s knows how many pews to save for clergy. Please arrive at least 20 minutes before the service to find a parking place, get vested, and line up for the procession.

Obituary

Gary was born in Lubbock, Texas to Dan. D. Wilson and Patricia C. Beasley on June 25th, 1951. He graduated from Hobbs High School, Hobbs, N.M. in 1969.  He graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Personnel Management in 1974. He worked for 32 years as a Production Supervisor for Southland Royalty Oil Company, Meridian Oil Company, and Burlington Resources.

On December 30, 1972, he married the love of his life, Dana Gant Wilson, at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Clovis, New Mexico. They enjoyed a long and loving marriage of almost 49 years and raised three wonderful children together. Gary was a devoted husband and loving father to his three children, Toby Wilson, wife Heather, Casey McGuirk, husband Christopher, Megan Nebgen, and husband Jason. He was a loyal brother to his sister Jana Sebastain, and husband Tom. He was the proud Grandad of 10 grandchildren: Parker, Caroline, Garrett, Lauren, Matthew, Carter, Chase, Max, Aarika, and Colson. He will be missed so much.

You could always find Gary outside tending to his beloved yard, bird watching on his back patio, or grilling. Gary loved to go fishing and always looked forward to his numerous fall and spring fishing trips to Lake Amistad. He also enjoyed hunting proudly alongside his trusted bird dog. He was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan, and never missed a Sunday game. Gary and Dana had many adventures traveling together and their favorite was rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in 2016.

Gary was a lifelong member of The Episcopal Church. He spent countless days at the food pantry giving back to the community. His family and friends can attest to Gary’s work ethic, honesty, and servant heart. He was a rare combination of stern and silly that will be fondly remembered.

Gary is preceded in death by his father, Dan Wilson, mother Patricia Beasley, stepmother Wilma Wilson, and stepfather Harold Beasley.

Remember your servant, O Lord, according to the favor which you give to your people; and grant that, increasing in knowledge and love of you, he may go from strength to strength in the life of perfect service in your heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

Most merciful God, whose wisdom is beyond our understanding: Deal graciously with Gary’s family in their grief.  Surround them with your love, that they may not be overwhelmed by their loss, but have confidence in your goodness, and strength to meet the days to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.