Luther Leon Wilson (1923-2004)


Yampa resident Luther Leon Wilson died March 29, 2004. He was 80.

Luther was born April 28, 1923, in Mountain View, Ark., to Joseph and Edith Pinkston Wilson. He was the second of nine children.

Luther joined the Navy during World War II and served as a gunner on the USS Pennsylvania battleship stationed in the South Pacific.

After his discharge from the Navy, Luther returned to Arkansas. He later moved to Colorado, and he married Reba Tomlinson in Steamboat Springs on Oct. 19, 1948. The couple had three children.

Luther worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps in Oregon and Arkansas and for the timber industry in Colorado. He then worked for the Rio Grande Railroad, from which he retired after 35 years.

Luther was a member of the Egeria Masonic Lodge and the American Legion post in Yampa.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Reba; a son, Gary Wilson and his wife Molly of Custer, S.D.; two daughters, Colleen Burin and her husband, Bill, of Phippsburg and Teresa Rhodes and her husband, Mike, of Craig; three brothers, Delmar Wilson and his wife, Patricia, of Marshall, Ark., Estes Wilson and his wife, Mattie Jo, of Bentonville, Ark., and Charles Wilson and his wife, Mary, of Paris, Ark.; a sister, Melba Shannon and her husband, Orgel, of Mountain View, Ark.; five grandchildren, Beth Burin and Michelle, Mandi, Lori and Bryan Rhodes; and numerous friends and relatives.

Luther was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters, Venita Treat, Loreen Mask, Blanche Treat and Thelma Jo Pyland.

Services were held April 2, 2004, at the First Baptist Church in Yampa. Jay Troutman officiated. Interment is at the Yampa Cemetery, and graveside services were performed by the Yampa American Legion Post 189.

Memorial donations may be made in Luther's name to the Yampa Ambulance Service in care of Grant Mortuary, 621 Yampa Ave., Craig, CO 81625.


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