Donald E. Wilson
August 17, 1946 – July 13, 2020
Don was born on August 17, 1946, in Aberdeen, South Dakota to Glen and Marie (Stefan) Wilson. He grew up in Edgeley, North Dakota where he attended school and graduated in 1964. He was somewhat mischievous as a youth and the family has heard many stories of his antics. One of our favorites was when he was told to go tie up the dog and he tied it to the Christmas tree, with a resultant crash soon after. He enjoyed many sports and activities during this time – football, basketball, baseball, golf, and pheasant hunting. He worked as a lifeguard and in his father’s grocery store.
After high school graduation, he attended college at Carroll College in Helena, Montana. Activities at Carroll included varsity baseball and serving as a class officer. He graduated in 1968 with a degree in Sociology and a minor in English.
Don next started graduate school at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, but was soon drafted and inducted into the Army in February 1969. After basic and technical training, he served as a chaplain’s assistant in Germany. After discharge in January 1971, he returned to the University of Nebraska and received his Master of Social Work degree in 1972.
Don began working in the Mental Health Clinic at the Omaha VA Medical Center in June 1972, providing psychotherapy to veterans and their families. He retired from the VA in June 2003.
Throughout his life,Don enjoyed many activities including reading, walking, running (he ran 10 marathons and many lOk’s), golf, travel and biking.
Don and Barb met in 1980, while they both worked at the VA Medical Center. They married July 10, 1982. Barb’s son, Joe, was 9 years old and a part of the wedding party. Don adopted Joe in 1986. Son, Andy, was born September 11,1983. Don spent many years playing and coaching sports with both boys.
Don is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons, Joe and Andy, Joe’s wife, Tori, and granddaughter, Asia, all of Omaha; his sister, Glenna Mastel of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota; nieces, Karen Launchbaugh (Karl) of Moscow, Idaho and Karla Nistler (Paul) of Audubon, Minnesota; nephew, Kevin Mastel (Jo) of New York Mills, Minnesota; grandnephews, Eric Nistler (Mandy and children Riley and Liam) of Duluth, Minnesota and Justin Nistler (Kim) of Salt Lake City, Utah; grandniece, Sadie Johnson (Jeff and children Connor and Brooklyn) of Spokane, Washington. In addition, there are a host of in-laws and friends.
VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Friday, July 17th from 6:15pm to 7:30pm, at Holy Cross Catholic Church (4810 Woolworth Ave.) followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7:30pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, July 18th, 10:30am, Holy Cross Catholic Church. INTERMENT: Hillcrest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Holy Cross Catholic Church or Siena/Francis House.
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