Hugh E. Wilson

Hugh E. Wilson, age 92, passed away Friday, February 2, 2018 at his home near Cole Camp, MO. He was born on April 30, 1925, near Leeton, MO, on his grandfather’s farm, the oldest of three children born to Willie B. and Ruby M. (Epperson) Wilson.
He was a 1942 graduate of Norris High School in rural Henry County where he played both baseball and outdoor court basketball with the Norris Neons.
Hugh was a combat veteran of WW2 serving in the Pacific Theatre with the 2nd Marine Division. He spent a year after the wars end with the occupation forces where he developed a respect for the Japanese culture and people.
He was a 1950 graduate of Central Missouri State Teachers College in Warrensburg, MO. He began his long teaching tenure at Morgan County R-I Stover and retired from Benton County R-2 Lincoln in 1980.
Hugh taught at Morgan County R-I Stover and Benton County R-2 Lincoln in the areas of Industrial Arts, drafting and Building Trades to hundreds of students and was proud to see the careers that grew from their studies. He also drove a school bus during his entire teaching tenure and enjoyed the scenery that the bus routes afforded. He retired in 1980 with thirty years of service.
He was a general contractor at the Lake of the Ozarks in the summers until his retirement from teaching wherein he assumed the occupation full time eventually specializing in custom cabinetry work.
He was the member of the Lincoln United Methodist Church.
An accomplished woodworker, gunsmith, and avid outdoor sportsman, Hugh also liked to travel, read about nature and history, listen to classic country music, pet all cats and dogs, and feed and watch birds of all kinds. He loved nothing better to do sit on his front porch and visit with a neighbor or former student who would stop by on a fine afternoon.
On August 6, 1948, Hugh was united in marriage to Louise Hargrave and unto this union, four children: William Robert, Larry, James, and Lou Ann were born. 
Hugh was preceded in death by his wife, Louise, a son Bill, and son Larry and daughter-in-law Wanda.
He is survived by his son Jim (Sheila) of Johns Creek, Georgia and daughter Lou Ann Wolfe (Danny) of Jamestown, grandchildren, Mark, Jason, Emily, and Elizabeth, six great grandchildren and two great- great grandchildren, a host of beloved nieces and nephews, and a wealth of good friends and wonderful neighbors.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 P.M. Thursday February 8, 2018, at the Davis-Miller Funeral Home in Lincoln, MO with Rev. Matt Riley officiating.  Visitation will be held an hour earlier beginning at 1:00 P.M.  Burial will be in the Lincoln Cemetery, Lincoln, MO.  Memorials may be made to the Lincoln Methodist Church or Lakeview Heights Fire Protection District in care of Davis-Miller Funeral Home, P.O Box 400, Lincoln, MO.  65338