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Paul H. Wilson


Paul H. Wilson, 85, owner of Wilson Excavating in Lakehills, passed away peacefully at his Pipe Creek home, on Thursday, Jan. 23. He was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin on Oct. 28, 1928. He will be deeply missed.

Paul marred Donna T. Wilson (Galuke), of Cary, Illinois on Nov. 28, 1984 in Woodstock, Illinois.

A proud veteran of the United States Army, Paul enlisted in March 1946 at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. He served with F Company, 504th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina as a light weapons infantry man (MOS 74745). He was stationed in the United States for two years, two months and 15 days at which time he attended the Infantry School Basic Airborne Training Course. Paul then served nine months and eight days of foreign service during World War II.
After his promotion to private first class on July 26, 1949, he earned the professional qualification badge for his skills with the 30 caliber, M-1 Rifle. Paul also received the World War II Victory Medal, and the Occupation Medal for his volunteered, wartime service to his country.
After completing a three-year commitment to the United States Army, Paul was honorably discharged in November 1949. He remained active in the Minnesota VFW, Oregon VFW and American Legion Post 410 in Lakehills. In 1993, American Legion Post 410 presented Paul with a plaque in 1993 for his outstanding support not only to Post 410, but also to the American Legion as a whole.

After his release from the army, Paul followed in his father's professional trade as a heavy equipment operator.

Paul's dedication and professionalism - not only to his post-military career, but also to everything he committed to in his life - is underscored by his affiliation of over 60 years of service, 35 years of that as a full member, of the Illinois Local 150, International Union of Operating Engineers.

Paul is survived by his stepson, Randy A. Sanns, of Bandera, and daughters, Kathie S. Wilson (Wilhelm) of West Allis, Wisconsin, and Joanelle L. Wilson (Cooley) and her husband, James Cooley, of Lakehills; sisters, Pat L. Wilson (Otkins) of Las Vegas, Nevada; Connie A. Wilson (Barrios) and her husband, Rafeal Barrios, of Metairie, Louisiana; Sue A. Wilson (Martin) and her husband, Richard Martin, of San Antonio; wife Donna T. Wilson (Galuke) of Cary, Illinois; grandson Michael J. Wilson and his wife, Diana L. Harrison (Wilson), of Lake Charles, Louisiana; and granddaughter, Brenda A. Wilson (Rios) and her husband, Angelo Rios, of West Allis. Paul was also blessed with and survived by two great-granddaughters and one great-grandson.

He was predeceased by his parents, Phillip H. Wilson and Agnes C. Wilson (Reinsvold), of La Crosse, Wisconsin; son Bruce D. Wilson of Waukesha, Wisconsin; brothers, John P. Wilson, Woodrow P. Wilson and Stuart D. Wilson; and sisters, Phyllis M. Wilson (Wright), and LaVonne M. "Bonnie" Wilson (Maniscalco).

The family wishes to extend sincere and special thanks to Dr. Saleh Jaafar of Bandera Texas Family Practice Clinic and Amy Jauer, RN, of River City Hospice in Bandera for their professional and personal care of our departed loved one.

Funeral services were held at the Pipe Creek Cowboy Church, Monday, Jan. 27, with Cliff Hardgrave conducting the services. Services were followed by burial at the Pipe Creek Cemetery.

Pallbearers were James Cooley, Michael Wilson, Randy Sanns, John Wilson, Jim Chastain and Ronnie Bassinger.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Paul's name to the Western Heritage Ministries, (Cowboy Church Children's Fund), 7145 FM 1283, Pipe Creek 78063.