William Jackson Wilson

william wilson

July 12, 1927 ~ November 29, 2017

Resided in: Pueblo, Colorado

W. Jackson 'Jack' Wilson Born July 12, 1927 in Kansas City, MO, the son of George and Marjorie Wilson. He died November 29, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Bettie, daughters Sherrie Howey (Hamp), Kathleen Wilson, and T Branson, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and his sister, Patricia Patterson of Richmond, VA. He had been an Episcopal priest, a university chaplain, and administrative assistant to bishops in Tennessee and Arizona. He had a lifelong involvement in law enforcement and was one of the first police consultants in the U.S. Involved in grassroots international activities, he was president emeritus of The Foundation for International Professional Exchange which sponsors academic, medical & professional projects in Russia, Ukraine, S. Africa, and Haiti. Self-described as 'a musician of sorts' he played piano, trumpet & an upright bass. He wrote various articles in magazines and journals, and was a newspaper columnist. Personal interests included flying and Arabian horses. And in Tsarskoie Selo, Russia, a toilet is named in his honor. Memorial service: Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 11am at Ascension Episcopal Church, 18th & Grand, Pueblo. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Ascension Episcopal Church, Music Scholars Fund, 420 W. 18th St., Pueblo, CO 81003.

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  1. Deepest condolences , it truly is a huge loss to this world not to have Dr Wilson (Jack). Such an amazing soul who could find humor in any situation. Kind hearted, intelligent and just a pure joy to be in his company. I will greatly miss coming to get him for the trip to Pueblo West High School to watch him challenge all the young minds. I don’t know if there will ever be another man like him but I’m grateful that I had the chance to know him.

  2. So sorry for your loss, Bettie and family. Jack was such a delightful, energetic man! I always enjoyed his visits to Gonce farm when I was there visiting and going to church with Grandmother & Granddaddy Gonce to enjoy his special sermons. I love the line above about his “humor, whimsy, passion and penetrating insight into the human condition.” A perfect description for Jack Wilson.

  3. Mother and Daddy (Bertha & Marion Gonce) thought the world of Jack and you, Bettie. They always looked forward to your Christmas letters. God’s blessings on you all.

  4. I’m so sorry for your loss Bettie and family. Jack was a very special man. I enjoyed our talks when he passed through the yard to feed his horse Sir Galahad. I think of all of you often as I have my Grandmother Gonce’s rose painting to remind me of all of your family ‘s talents. My prayers are with you all.

  5. Just heard this at church this morning. My first Episcopal priest. Always looked forward seeing him when he visited TN.

    You all will be in my prayers,

    Margaret Burgett King

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