Ben Wilson, 80, of Grand Island, formerly of Cairo, passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. After many health issues, his body stopped fighting and he passed peacefully at home.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Peace Lutheran Church in Grand Island, with Pastor Mike Reiners officiating. His body will be cremated per his request.
Ben was born March 31, 1938, in Newcastle, Wyo., to Clark and Mabel (Gray) Wilson. He attended Newcastle High school, then served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1960.
Ben was united in marriage to Elaine Gilles on Aug. 27, 1961, in Hot Springs, S.D. They made their home wherever the jobs were, including Cheyenne, Wyo., and Rapid City, Custer and Aberdeen, S.D., before moving to Nebraska. Ben worked at Sperry New Holland for 31 years as a welder, draftsman and Quality Control Inspector. He retired in 1998.
Ben and Elaine loved to travel and meet new people. He was an active State Director in IHMSA, a shooting organization, and traveled around the United States as well as Canada and Brazil to compete.
Ben could fix — or at least jerry-rig — about anything and was always tinkering with a car, house or a gun. He liked to hunt, shoot, garden and watch the Huskers. He also was very active as a fan of anything his sons and grandchildren were involved in.
He is survived by his wife, Elaine; three sons, Doug and Kathy Wilson of Grand Island, Mike Wilson and Lara Oliver of Denver, Colo., and Ron and Denise Wilson of Chicago, Ill.; a brother, Carl Wilson; a sister, Mary Ellen; seven grandchildren and their significant others, Daanielle Wilson and Evan Kurth of Chandler, Ariz., Dylan Wilson of Lincoln, Courtney Wilson and Jeremy Hansen of Chandler, Ariz., Bailey and Adrian Winters of Denver, Alex Wilson of Rogers, Ark., Jack and Emily Wilson of Lincoln, and Renick Wilson and Rene Maldonado of Lincoln; and a great-granddaughter, Melody Winters.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Wayne.
Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated at a later date.
Online condolences may be directed to www.livson.com. Livingston-Sondermann Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.