February 27, 2019

Mr. Stanley Wilson, 86, of rural Canton, Mo., died February 22, 2019 at his home.

He was born May 11, 1932 in Canton, a son of O.S. and Gladys Billups Wilson. He married Kathleen Lillard on September 1, 1956 in Maywood, Mo.  She survives.

Stanley was a deacon of Ten Mile Baptist Church where he was a lifetime member and secretary/treasurer of Ten Mile Cemetery. He lived and worked on the same farm his whole life and was just awarded the Centennial Award by the Lewis County Extension Office. He was a member of the Polled Hereford Association, and he and his dad had one of the oldest herds in the nation. He also raised Shetland ponies.

Stanley was a 45 year cancer survivor. He was an avid toy collector especially (toy tractors and marbles). In his younger days he was a member of the Lewis County Democratic Central Committee, leader of Ten Mile 4-H and Lewis County Fair Board member for a number of years. Stanley was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was also a past Commander of Otto Bruner Post #170 of the American Legion where he was proud to serve on their funeral honor guard taking part in over 150 services. He went on the Honor Flight to Washington, DC in 2014.

Survivors include his wife Kay Wilson of Canton; one son, Doug (Wendy) Wilson of Canton; two daughters Vicki Wilson of Hannibal and Miriam (Robbie) Kasper of Troy, MO; three granddaughters, Carly Wilson of Springfield, MO, Alex Daniels of Troy, MO and Lindsey Wilson of Canton; one niece, Diane (Larry) Carlstone of Pella, IA and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Louise Baily and Doris Alyce Wilson, infant brother and one nephew, Richard Baily.

Stanley will be remembered as a loving caring husband, Dad and Papa.  Devoted to his family, his life and hobbies.

Funeral services were held February 25, 2019 at the Davis Funeral Home in Canton with Rev. Russell Brownell and Rev. Orlie Yoder officiating. Visitation was held February 24, 2019. at Davis Funeral Home in Canton.

Pallbearers: Steve Wilson, Larry Carlstone, Johnnie Kraft, Robert Deters, Jason Epperson and Ron Puls. Honorary Pallbearers: Bob Taylor, Bob Cary, Lee Payne, Richard Pace and Clyde Wilson. Music: Alex Daniels and Diane Carlstone, Vocalists. Songs: “Amazing Grace” “How Great Thou Art” and “My Old Man” by Zack Brown

Burial with military honors by Otto Bruner Post 170 was in Ten Mile Cemetery near Canton.

The family suggests memorials be made to Great River Honor Flight or to the Lewis County Fair.

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