Former Eagle County Undersheriff Kenneth D. Wilson, Sr., passed away Saturday, April 11 in Fort Mohave, Arizona.
Ken was born in Danville, Ill. on Jan. 31, 1937 to Carl W. and Mildred I. Wilson.
He began his public service career by joining the Army where he served eight years for his country. Ken lived in Eagle County for multiple decades and during that time he held many community service roles including volunteer fire department chief, ambulance service volunteer and deputy coroner. His final role for the community was Eagle County Undersheriff.
He will be remembered by those who knew him as a honorable and compassionate man who lent his voice to a number of causes including the Special Olympics. Never shy of voicing his opinion, Ken was a great community leader who truly loved those around him.
Preceding him in death, besides his parents, were his wife Patricia (Salee) Wilson, a nephew firefighter Bradley N. (Cinda) Wilson and a cousin Larry Bowles.
Ken is survived by his partner Donna Blackmer of Eagle; children Kenneth D. (Venus) Wilson, Jr. of Australia; Marilyn Y. (Paul) Charlesworth of Grand Junction; Tim M. (Diane) Wilson of Eagle; and Sherry Wilson of Glenwood Springs. Siblings Norman B. (Donna) Wilson of Verona, PA; Shirley A (Andrew) Stillman; Marjorie I (Robert) Hirsch, Phillip C Wilson, and Debra K (Charles) Smith all of Kalamazoo, MI; grandchildren, Kevyn A. (Ben) Fairchild of New York, NY; Buck M. Case, Luke E. (Cathy) Case and Tommy Wilson all of Grand Junction; and three great grandchildren: Ayden, Anastazia and Avalyn; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A public service will be held at the Eagle County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall on Saturday, April 25 at 1p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to the Special Olympics of Eagle County in care of Julie Fite, PO Box 2205, Glenwood Springs, CO, 81602.