David Jessie Wilson, 53, of Sycamore, passed away Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at St. John Hospital in Tulsa after a brief illness.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 10 at First United Methodist Church with Pastor Earl Haggard officiating. Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the church prior to the service. A private burial will follow. Funeral arrangements are under Potts Chapel.
David was born December 8, 1964, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Oll and Ann Wilson, who later divorced. When David was in elementary school, his family moved to Eureka, Kansas. His mother was later united in marriage to Junior Rice, who became an important father figure in David's life. David's parents preceded him in death. Junior survives in Severy, Kansas.
Upon graduation from Eureka High School in 1982, David moved to Independence to play football at Independence Community College. He was honored to be a member of the team who played in the Valley of the Sun Bowl. It was at ICC where he met Lisa Muse. After they graduated from Pittsburg State University, they returned to Independence, were later married in Independence on July 4, 1993, and made their home here. On August 22, 1994, their daughters Jessie Lynn Wilson and Layne Annette Wilson were born. Jessie survives in Liberal, Kansas, and Layne survives in Independence. Although David and Lisa divorced in 2008, they remained good friends and raised their daughters together.
David was an outdoorsman. He was an avid fisherman and golfer who shared those loves with his daughters. He also loved to hunt and enjoyed pheasant hunting with his dogs, Jake and Lily. Additionally, David enjoyed playing "bags" with family and friends and grilling just about anything. David was known for his sense of humor and his beautiful blue eyes.
David never knew a stranger and was most definitely a "people magnet." He was a born salesman, so it's no surprise that's where he found professional success. He later earned his master's degree in Total Quality Management from Friends University. In 2007 he accepted a position with John Deere in Cedar Falls, Iowa, but later returned home to Independence. Through his career here, he was employed with Standard Motor Products and Funk Manufacturing. David was a great dad and a hard worker.
David is survived by two brothers Allen and Rex, both of Emporia, Kansas, and is preceded in death by a sister, Joyce, and a brother, Michael.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and cherished the time he spent teaching youth Sunday school.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests anyone wishing to make contributions in David's honor do so by contributing to the David Wilson Memorial at First United Methodist Church. The intention of the memorial is to support the Mobile Music Ministry. Worship music held a special place in David's heart.