Cumberland Times-News

September 20, 2013


Cumberland Times-News

— KADOKA, S.D. — Stuart Arthur Wilson, 66, of Kadoka, S.D., died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

He was born March 17, 1947, to Earl Reiger Wilson Sr. and Emily Kahaleihinano (Smith) Wilson in Cumberland. He joined an older brother Earl Reiger Wilson Jr. The family then returned to Hale’iwa on the north shore of Oahu, Hawaiian Islands. In the next few years a sister, Karen Leilani, and brother, Steven Phillip, joined the family.

Stuart was preceded in death by his parents and his brother and sister-in-law, Earl Jr. and Sherri Wilson.

Stuart spent his early childhood on and around the beaches of northern Oahu. After the family moved to Cumberland, he and his older brother helped their father rebuild airplanes, stretching the fabric on the wings and fuselage, gluing, shellacking and painting them. Both he and his brother learned to fly at an early age. They also helped with tending the animals, haying and gardening on their small family farm. Stuart enjoyed helping his grandfather with his greenhouse and garden. As a young man he had paper routes, and during his high school years he worked at Ferdinand’s drive-in restaurant and Max’s Gulf gas station and auto repair.

Stuart began his elementary education on Oahu. He graduated from Fort Hill High School, Cumberland, in 1965. He played baseball and football during his school years.

Stuart enlisted in the U. S. Air Force for four years on Aug. 23, 1965.

On Dec. 14, 1968, Stuart married Vicki Diane Headlee. Upon his release from the Air Force they moved to Mooresville, N.C. where Stuart worked for a building construction company. In 1969 they moved to Lincoln, Neb. where Stuart obtained his official private pilot’s license at Lincoln Aviation. He had begun his commercial pilot’s training when their daughter Reagan was born. He then began his truck driving career as an over the road driver. Over the next 30+ years he hauled textiles, meat and produce, livestock, boats, equipment and bees. In the early 1970’s they moved to New Underwood, S.D., where he owned and operated Stu’s 66 gas station and auto repair and he attended National College of Business. In 1977 they moved to Kadoka, S.D.  Stuart continued to drive truck over the road, but also helped his in-laws, Charles and Edith Perault, on their ranch, worked at Philip Livestock Auction, was a heavy equipment operator on area road construction projects, and worked for Lauritsen Enterprises, an apiary, as a worker and bee hauler. During the early 1990’s through 2002 Stuart and Vicki owned and operated Wilson’s Spraying, where they did rough country spraying for noxious weeds. Over the years Stuart built several motorcycles. He was an excellent mechanic.

Stuart is survived by his wife, Vicki; his sister, Karen (Larry) Speir, of Glen Rock, Pa.; his brother, Steven (Dana) Wilson, of Wichita Falls, Texas; his children Brad (Rhonda) Deschamp, of Rapid City, S.D., Reagan (Terry) Ison, of Ft. Worth, Texas and Willard (Jennifer) Wilson, of Eastover, S.C.; grandchildren Brady Deschamp, Daniel Deschamp, Aloni Deschamp, Victoria Wilson, Amanda Wilson and Bowen Wilson and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Rush Funeral Home in Philip.

Military graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at the Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis, with Pastor Gus Craven officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Black Hills National Cemetery, the SD Veterans Support Council or the Ft. Meade VA Medical Center.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Lauritsen, Steve Langer, Tom DeVries, Glen Bennett, Tad Auker and Tom Struble.

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