Wayne Freeland Wilson, 93, of Rogue River, Ore., passed away Saturday, January 21, 2012, at his home. He was born April 27, 1918, in Rothiemay, Mont., to Frank and Loverna Wilson.
Wayne grew up on the West Coast and graduated from Litchfield High School in Arizona. He was recruited by the Chicago White Sox, but decided to attend Oregon State College, where he met Mary Suttle, whom he married in Eugene, Ore., in 1941.
Wayne worked at the Benton Mine near Galice as a hard rock miner and as a timber cruiser before being drafted during World War II. After serving in the Philippines and Japan, Mary and he moved to Grants Pass, Ore., to raise their family. He worked as a carpenter, then went to work at Grants Pass Logger's Supply, and eventually retired from Roley's Pacific Supply.
Wayne loved fishing, camping, reading and watching his children and grandchildren participate in sports. He was a kind, patient, loving husband, father and grandfather. If you needed help with any project, he always knew a "trick with a hole in it."
Wayne is survived by daughters, Loverna Wilson, of Corvallis, Ore., Betty (Del) Schultz, of Rogue River, Ore., Marj (Darrol) Jameson, of Medford, Ore.; sons, Wayne Jr. (Elaine), of Pleasanton, Calif., and Bob (Patricia), of Grants Pass, Ore.; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and four great great-grandchildren.
A memorial service with military honors will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 28, 2012, at Foots Creek Chapel, 913 Foots Creek Road, Gold Hill. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Red Cross, 60 Hawthorne St., Medford, OR 97504 or Pregnancy Care Center, PO Box 5040, Grants Pass, OR 97527.