Frank LeRoy Wilson, 87, longtime resident of Arkansas City and Dexter, Kan., and Newkirk, Okla., has passed away in the Garden Terrace Home in Overland Park, Kan. The funeral will be held at the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home in Arkansas City, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at the Parker Cemetery, 3514 E. Vine Ave., Arkansas City.
The family will greet friends 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home.
Frank was born on Nov. 17, 1931, in Oklahoma City, OK, to Mack I. Wilson and Mera O. Martin Wilson. He was reared around Noble, Okla., and graduated from High School in Norman, Okla. in 1950. Frank graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1956, after returning from the Korean Conflict. He was a Transportation Sergeant in the Army and received commendations for the maintenance of the equipment in his unit.
Frank married Wanda June Harshberger of Norman in 1952, at the Trinity Baptist Church in Norman. They settled in Arkansas City, where he worked as a Field Representative for Rodeo Meats in the Procurement Department. Mr. Wilson was well known for his work with swine producers who sold their livestock to the Maurer-Neuer Meat Packing plant. Frank was heavily involved in area swine events like the Kansas Spring Barrow Show and many purebred swine type conferences held at the Arkansas City Armory. An accomplished Swine Judge, he judged many hog shows, like the Illinois State Fair, and transported pigs for producers to the National Barrow Show in Austin, Minn. A longtime supporter of 4-H and FFA, he supplied area young people with many show pigs for their projects.
Mr. Wilson was active in several civic organizations and served as President of the Rodeo Key Club, Commander of the Spencer-Ralston Post #1254 VFW, member of the Crescent Masonic Lodge #133 A.F.&A.M., and the First Christian Church of Newkirk.
Frank is survived by his wife, June, and three children, Ralph D. (Jeanne) Wilson, of Omaha, Neb.; Ronda Jo (Rod) Nulik, of St. Charles, Mo.; Rene’e June (John) Bolton, of Lenexa, Kan. He has five grandchildren: Lindsey (Dave) Musselmann, of Omaha, Neb.; Sean Wilson, of Omaha, Neb.; Jeremy (Erica) Nulik, of O’Fallon, Mo.; Colby (Carrie) Nulik, of St. Peters, Mo.; Mitchell Bolton, of Lenexa, Kan. He has four great-grandchildren; and a brother Don (Kate) Wilson, of Dallas, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers Wayne, John, Jay, Jesse, and Glenn Wilson.
A memorial has been established with the First Christian Church of Newkirk. Contributions may be made through the funeral home.
Arrangements are being made through the Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home and Crematory of Arkansas City.