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Bert Wilson

Bert Wilson

Sunday, January 22nd, 1939 - Monday, July 6th, 2020
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William “Bert” Wilson, 81, of Waco, passed away on July 6th in Springfield, MO, following a prolonged illness. The family will receive visitors on Thursday, 7/16, at the Oakcrest Funeral Home from 5-7pm. Memorial service will be held on Friday, 7/17, at 10am at his beloved church home – Seventh & James Baptist Church in Waco. In response to current concerns, the service will also be recorded and later posted on the church’s website for those that cannot attend in person. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in his name to Waco Foundation c/o Kiwanis Club of Waco Seniors, or Seventh & James Baptist Church Youth Ministry.

Bert was born January 22, 1939, in Wharton, TX, to Elbert and Ruth Wilson. Following his high school graduation, he joined the U.S. Army Reserves in 1957 and honorably served until 1965, earning the rank of S SGT E-6. During this time, he was also attending Baylor University in Waco, from where he later graduated, and where he met his first wife, Judy King. They married in 1960, and had two children, William “Scott”, and Evelyn Lorraine “Lorrie” Wilson. Tragically, Judy lost her life in a car accident in 1965, and following her death, Bert took a job in Dallas as a Staff Psychologist for the Buckner Children’s Home. While working at Buckner, he met Sandra Hensley, one of the nursing staff, who he later married in 1966. Together, they had three children, Wendy Beth, Christopher “Collin”, and Peter “Alan” Wilson.

A career opportunity with the National Institutes of Health took the family to Maryland in 1968, where he participated in family studies. In addition, he also held roles as a career counselor at the University of MD, and taught evening classes at the local community college. Despite these commitments, he was always able to find time to spend time with his family and remained highly active in the church and community. Among his many roles, he served as a Deacon at FBC Rockville, and the head of a local women’s shelter, as well as serving as Chairman of Rockville Community Ministries. While in MD, Bert also earned his doctorate in psychology from American University. This was a project finally realized after many years spent working on his dissertation, and he wore his graduation ring proudly throughout his remaining years.

Bert was an active man and loved being outdoors. He had his pilot’s license and enjoyed flying small planes – his favorites being the Cherokee, and Piper Cub. Later, he flew as a member of the Civil Air Patrol. He also enjoyed sports and was active with his sons in pee-wee football. In later years, baseball, and women’s volleyball were his top picks, and in him, Baylor had an avid fan and season ticket holder – Go Lady Bears! He also enjoyed camping and traveling. His children remember many fun camping trips, and several “infamous” road-trips that were made in a station wagon from Maryland to Texas with Bert, his five kids, and the family dog - sometimes, without their mom (she wised up early on). If he did not have it before, Bert certainly learned patience on those trips, but the kids still laugh about the chaos and will always cherish those memories.

A career opportunity with IBM for Sandy brought the family back to TX in 1987. Bert remained in MD for another year until a career opportunity with the Federal Aviation Administration opened for him in the Fort Worth office. He worked his remaining years at the FAA in HR Management, retiring from the government in 2001 with 33 years of service. In 2000, Bert and Sandy relocated to Waco, and became actively involved in the community. Following his retirement, they spent time traveling, enjoying family, and participating in their many clubs and activities. Members of Seventh & James Baptist Church, Bert became a Deacon, and participated in the church’s Meals-on-Wheels program, often bringing along his trusted fuzzy friends, Bobo and Chloe. He was a member, and past president of the local Kiwanis Club of Waco Seniors, an AARP Tax Aide Preparer, Safety Officer in Waco Composite Squadron, CAP Safety Officer, Group III, and CAP, Texas Wing (Civil Air Patrol).

Bert and Sandy had been married 47 years when she passed after a prolonged illness. Following her death, Bert took time to spend with his favorite (and only) sister, Marilyn White, and her family in Missouri. He enjoyed his time with her and participated in a mission trip with her church where he met Barbara Brown, who he later married in 2016. Splitting their time between TX and MO, Bert and Barbara loved to travel, and took several touring trips together, as well as frequent road trips to visit their families. They both shared a love for dogs, baseball, and the outdoors and spent a lot of time at the ballparks, and in their yard in MO with their three dogs, and many gardening projects. Always up for a challenge, Bert was an amateur blacksmith, and beekeeper. Barbara was a runner, and Bert loved spending time at her races proudly cheering her on from the sidelines.

An adventure seeker at heart, and always a particularly good sport, Bert took on many daring challenges in the great outdoors with his kids and grandkids. Hiking, fishing, and boating were a few of his favorite pastimes. One of his more famous ventures was his attempt at kayaking. After capsizing, and losing his cellphone, and his hearing aids to the watery deep, he decided that kayaking probably was not his most graceful moment, but that did not stop him from getting out there several more times. He certainly had fun trying, and his daughter certainly had fun laughing with him! More often, you could find him fishing along the rivers with his son, Alan – that was more his speed. Always out to catch that elusive “big one”, but more often than not, getting “smoked” by the fish.

Bert was preceded in death by his parents, William Elbert, Sr. and Ruth Wilson, his younger brother Gerald H. Wilson, his wives, Judith B. Wilson (King), and Sandra J. Wilson (Hensley), and his son, Christopher “Collin” E. Wilson. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Brown, his sister, Marilyn White, his daughters, Evelyn “Lorrie” Schultz, and Wendy Beth Lindly, and his sons, Peter “Alan”, and William “Scott” Wilson. Bert was also a loving grandfather and great-grandfather with many children to his credit. Grandchildren include, Jeremiah Schultz (son of Lorrie Schultz), Jessica Lindly-Cook, and Jennifer Lindly-Barrett (daughters of Wendy Lindly), Alison Wilson (daughter of Alan Wilson), and Conor Wilson, Sally Wilson, and Quinnlan Wilson (children of Collin Wilson). Great grandchildren include, Oliver Natoli (son of Alison Wilson), and Elijah Cook (son of Jessica Lindly-Cook). Bert had a very extensive extended family, and in addition to those already listed above, he had many others in his life that he loved.

Bert was a beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, and an enormously proud great-grandfather whose love of life, sense of adventure, and silly humor will be terribly missed. However, being a man of faith, we are all comforted knowing that he lives on in Christ, and we look forward to the day when we can be reunited. Were he still with us now, he would tell you that he enjoyed an exceptionally long and full life with many great experiences, and wonderful people with whom to love and share it. He was blessed. He frequently shared his love and pride for his children and grandchildren with others, but nothing can top the pride we all felt for him. He was the best, and he will be missed. We love you, Dad!
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 16th, 2020 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Thursday, July 16th, 2020 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    OakCrest Funeral Home
    Address
    4520 Bosque Boulevard
    WACO, TX 76710
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  • Service

    Friday, July 17th, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Friday, July 17th, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Seventh & James Baptist Church
    Address
    602 James Ave.
    WACO, TX 76706
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  • Interment

    Location
    Oakwood Cemetery
    Address
    2124 S. 5th Street
    WACO, TX 76706
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Bob Kayler

Posted at 02:57pm
Dear Wilson Family, Our hearts go out to you. Janice and I have so many memories of our time with Bert, Sandy and the family in Rockville, Maryland. Bert and Sandy and a few others would often go out for pie and coffee after Sunday evening church. We also sang in the choir together and Bert and Bob served as deacons. We enjoyed a visit from Bert and Sandy in San Diego where. Bert, never one to shy away from trying new things, noticed a peanut butter and jelly omelette on the menu when we went out for breakfast, and ordered it. He said, "It was interesting but not my favorite." We cherish our blessings having known him. God Bless. Love, Bob and Janice, Tony and Jennifer Kayler

Rose Gelman

Posted at 07:32pm
I've had the honor & pleasure of working with Bert and being friends for 37 years. He became my best friend from the time he moved back to Texas from Maryland. He was supportive, honest & made me a better person today. I will miss him so much. May he rest in peace until we can be reunited in heaven. My prayers are with his large family and especially Barbara who became Bert's wife in August 2016.

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Ms Johny and Family

Posted at 05:33pm
Wirh Deepest sympathy. A Memorial donation in your father's name will be made to the Waco Foundation c/o the Kiwanis Club of Waco Seniors.
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Posted at 02:00pm
This tree is a lasting symbol of Bert's love for the outdoors, and a tribute to a life well lived. We are also thinking of you at this time Barb
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William Wilson

Posted at 12:18pm
If you set out to create the perfect father, husband, friend, neighbor, you would have had created my Dad. Not only was he my Dad, he was my friend as well, always supportive, understanding, full of advice and keen insight. We were all blessed to have been raised by him. He may not have ever known or realized how much he influenced our lives, but he instilled values in us that will perpetuate for generations to come. He was a good Christian man, who loved his family, his church and his community. He dedicated many hours, days, weeks, months and years to making the world around him a better place. He embodied meaning of "Do Unto Others, As You Would Have Them Do Unto You." I now only have the fond memories of the brief time we shared together in this life. He was an excellent and patient teacher as a father. He taught me so many things growing up, many I realize from just his actions and example. If I can be half the man he was, I will feel I have honored him in some way. I rarely saw him angry or sad. He took life head on and was always up for something new. I don't think he ever ceased learning, whether it was simply trying to figure out how to use his silly cellphone or how to tend to rogue bees he was always trying something new. We will all miss him terribly and the world has lost yet another incredible human being. I am sad that will no longer have him for counsel, guidance or fatherly-advice or just a friendly conversation, I feel a part of me left with him, but I take some comfort in knowing he has gone home to the Creator where he will live on for Eternity with those who have proceeded him and someday, God willing, we will be reunited. Rest in peace sweet Father, we love you and always will !
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