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1927 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
RICHARD WILSON Richard LeRoy Wilson, 90, died in his sleep on New Year's Eve, December 31, 2017, at the Frene Valley Assisted Living Facility in Owensville, Missouri. Richard was born Oct. 16, 1927 in the town of Neighbors, near Blythe, Calif. He graduated from Palo Verde Valley Union High School in Blythe in 1945. He immediately joined the Navy for a four year stint and sailed to many foreign destinations including Antarctica with Admiral Byrd in 1947. He met his future wife, Jean Zwisler, in Boston while in the Navy. They were married in 1949, starting their life together in Blythe where Richard worked for his parents in their motor court. In 1951, Richard went to work for CalElectric (which later merged with Southern California Edison) as a lineman. Subsequently he moved to Riverside, Calif. where he was a meter reader for three years and then finally settled in Bishop, Calif. as a hydroelectric operator in 1958. The next 17 years were spent in the Eastern High Sierra where Richard and Jean happily raised their four children; Steve, Mike, Mark, and Marilyn. During those years Richard worked at Power Plants 2 and 4 in Bishop and Mill Creek and Poole Plant in Lee Vining. In 1975 Richard and Jean moved to Boulder City, Nev., where he finished out his career working at Hoover Dam, retiring in 1985. In retirement Richard and Jean traveled extensively, taking their 5th wheel trailer from Alaska to the Yucatan and from Calif. to Nova Scotia. They traveled more than 400,000 miles on cruises all over the world. In addition, Richard got his scuba diving certification after retirement and logged over 400 dives all over the world, diving well into his seventies. Jean passed away in 1995 after 46 happy years of marriage. In 2000, Richard married his second wife Jan Miller in Boulder City. Together they traveled to the east coast, Calif. and Hawaii. In August 2015 they moved to Owensville to be close to Jan's family in Missouri where they were often visited by three generations of family. They lived in Frene Valley Assisted Living Facility where staff loved them and treated them as family. Richard had a big fan club of workers who would often come to visit him and listen to his wonderful stories of his interesting life. Richard had a zest for life and enjoyed every minute of it. He swept along everyone around him with his joy. With his signature line, "away we go like a herd of turtles", he was off; exploring new places, eating new foods, square dancing, four-wheeling, diving exotic reefs, camping all over the West and making friends wherever he went. Richard was a loving, attentive, and faithful husband; a supportive and caring father to his four children; affectionate dad to three step-children; daughters and sons-in-law; and a warm, huggable, fun grandpa to his 10 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren. He will be missed but his legacy of love, joy and faithfulness will be carried on.
Published in Boulder City Review on Jan. 18, 2018
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