Thomas D. Wilson
Thomas D. Wilson, 86, Salina, died Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. He was born Dec. 23, 1926 in Salina, the son of Thomas B. and Vada C. (Durr) Wilson.
He grew up in Holyrood, KS. where he graduated from Holyrood High School in 1944. During his high school years he worked at Sherman Ranch in Ellsworth as a ranch hand. After high school he attended Brown Mackie Business School, Salina, where he graduated in 1946. Shortly after, he was hired as a bookkeeper for J. Lynch & Co in Salina. He continued with J. Lynch for 40 years, working as a grain merchandiser and eventually as Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer until 1986. In 1987, he was appointed the Director of the Kansas State Grain Inspection Dept. under Gov. Mike Hayden and Gov. Joan Finney and continued in the position until 1992.
On June 1, 1948 he married Lillian Maxine Gage in Hoisington, KS; they settled in Salina where they lived until his death.
Tom was a member of the First United Methodist Church for 65 years and very active in the United Methodist Men and Peacemakers Sunday School Class. During the 1960s he coached the 7th-8th grade church boys basketball team and was instrumental in promoting the building of the new education wing of the church. He was a lifetime member and former chairman of the board of the YMCA where he enjoyed basketball, jogging and exercise classes. He was a member of Salina Lyons Club and Masonic Lodge #60. He worked on the Board of Directors for Kansas Wesleyan College and the Board of Directors for St. Francis Boys Home.
Tom was preceded in death by a sister, Viola Susan Rodgers and a grandson, Lee Edwin Lovewell.
He is survived by -
Wife: Lillian Maxine
Two daughters: Bonnie Lea Hummel, Broken Arrow, OK
Terri Jo (Arlen) Lovewell, Ashland, ME
Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church, Salina.
Burial will be at 1:00 pm on Monday in the Ellsworth Cemetery, Ellsworth, KS.
Friends may call at the Ryan Mortuary on Sunday from noon until 8:00 pm where the family will receive friends from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.
Memorials are suggested to the church or the Salina YMCA.
For more information or condolence go to www.ryanmortuary.com.
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