Kenneth L. “Ken” Wilson

Kenneth L. “Ken” Wilson

October 14, 1943 – March 24, 2023

Kenneth “Ken” Wilson was born on October 14, 1943, to Cleo and Luella Wilson. He grew up on farms in Stanton and Red Oak, Iowa, graduating from Red Oak High School in 1961. He got his degree in accounting at the Commercial Extension School of Business in Omaha.

While going to college, he met the love of his life, Virginia “Ginger” Beard. She was from Hayes Center, Nebraska, and was attending the same college. They were married on October 14, 1962 (Ken’s birthday) at the Baptist Church in Red Oak, Iowa. Their first apartment was in Drake Court, close to 16th and Leavenworth in Omaha.

In 1964, Ken started working at the Omaha Livestock Market in the accounting department. In 1981 he was transferred to Portland, Oregon, as the President of the Portland Livestock Market. Seven years later, he was transferred back to Omaha, where he continued working for the Omaha Livestock Market.

Ken’s greatest loves were his wife; daughter, Charyl (Ed); son, Tom (Denise); granddaughters: Michelle (fiancée, Phil), Jenni (Nick), Krystal (Nate); great-grandchildren (there are many). He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Wayne.

A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held on Saturday, April 22nd at 11am at Ralston United Church of Christ, 7638 Maywood Street, Ralston, Nebraska 68124.  A luncheon at the church will be held directly following the service.

Later this year, we will hold a separate service with the burial of ashes in Virginia’s family cemetery in Lamar, Nebraska.

Memorials are suggested to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Nebraska and Iowa.



  • Wilma Jane Young Posted April 1, 2023 1:34 pm

    Virginia and Family…I pray that your many fond memories of Ken will bring you comfort and a sense of peacefulness as you grieve the loss of your husband, father, and grandfather. I, too, recall many fond memories of Ken as we grew up together on that farm in Iowa.

  • Z Posted April 3, 2023 12:39 pm

    My brother, Ken, was an exceptionally loving brother. He was always there to lend a hand to every family member who had a need. He had a jovial spirit about him that lightened the room with his touch of humor. Ken was always humble and never arrogant. There was always a sense of kindness about him, and he was always approachable. He had wonderful work ethics and no matter how bad or ill he felt, he kept on moving forward. We lost a very dear man the day that he passed. I will remember Ken warmly and with a smile in my heart.

  • Shirley Bell SIMPSON Posted April 6, 2023 2:47 pm

    So sorry for your lost. Prayers to all the family

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