John Wilson

John W Wilson

Tuesday, October 23rd, 1934 - Thursday, February 4th, 2021
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John W. Wilson III, 86 years old of Pleasant Prairie, WI passed away Thursday, February 4, 2021, at his home.

He was born October 23, 1934, in Lonaconing, MD, the son of the late John W. and Mary (Moses) Wilson, Jr, the oldest of five children. He grew up in Maryland and at age 22, he moved to Chicago to work for the Railroad for 42 years before his retirement. On November 17, 1973, he married Hazelle nee Clark.

John was an avid reader, especially novels and historical books about the Civil War. He enjoyed volunteering his time at the Kenosha Public Museum; John also loved helping his neighbors and was a caring, soft-hearted man. His hobbies included bowling, solving crossword puzzles, and feeding the local wildlife. John was a sports fan, and especially loved rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He cherished family gatherings, nightly ice cream and tea with his wife.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Hazelle; stepchildren, Gerald Gaida of Florida, Patricia Bender of Union Grove, WI and Rita Myers of Bristol, WI; 13 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at Proko Funeral Home with funeral services commencing at 7:00 p.m. To live stream John's service please copy and paste into your web browser at 7:00 p.m. Interment will be private in All Saints Cemetery, Des Plaines, IL. In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make contributions to the Civil War Museum, c/o Kenosha Public Museums, 5500 First Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140, in his memory.

Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
5111-60th Street
Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: (262) 654-3533
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
    5111 60th Street
    Kenosha, WI 53144
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  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 | 7:00pm
    Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 7:00pm
    Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
    5111 60th Street
    Kenosha, WI 53144
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Colleen Vice
  • Interment

    All Saints Cemetery
    700 N. River Road
    Des Plaines, IL 60016
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Lianna Croft

Posted at 10:21pm
John was one of our favorite neighbors, and we will miss him dearly. He made many trips over to our house to deliver Christmas packages and Easter baskets for our kids over the years. He was always ready with a smile, a joke, and a wink - such fun! John also always talked about his family - the kids, grandkids, great grandkids, and great great grandkids. It was easy to see all the pride and love he had for them! Of course, the love of his life was Hazel, and we love her, too. We send hugs and prayers for peace and comfort for Hazel and the entire family. John will be missed; we look forward to seeing him again one day.

Lianna, Dave, Matt, & Madelyn Croft

Holly Gaida

Posted at 04:46pm
I will always be thankful for how John loved Zach. John always loved giving Zach his old die cast cars. We just saw John two weeks ago, and he brought two cars out to Zach. John always had a warm smile on his face when he gave Zach those cars. Zach will treasure those cars and his memories of John. ~Holly Gaida

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