Saturday June 6, 2015
Internment, Memorial Honors - WWII US Army Veteran, Frank Wilson, Westwood, CA
The Patriot Guard Riders having been invited to show, stand, Honor and Respect with the family and friends of WWII US army Veteran, Frank Wilson of Westwood, CA at the Westwood Cemetery.
On a beautiful Spring day, 7 PGR arrived to show Honor and respect. I would like to thank PGR from Janesville, Susanville and Westwood. Also, the VFW and American Legion from Susanville, CA.
WWII US Army Veteran, Frank Wilson, Westwood, CA, March 25, 1918 to May 27, 2015
We have lost another of the World's Greatest Generation! World War II Veteran Frank Chester Wilson peacefully passed from this life Wednesday evening, May 27, 2015 at Seneca Healthcare District's Hospital at the age of 97.
Born March 25, 1918 in Leavenworth, Kansas to the late Felix and Mary Wilson, Frank lost his mother at a young age and left home at the age of 14 to ride the rails and work in the ranching industry in Kansas and Utah.
On July 13, 1942 Frank enlisted in the military and served his country honorably as a member of the U.S. Army as a Marine Engineman in the Asiatic Pacific Theater piloting a landing craft.
Upon his discharge at Camp Beale, CA on October 29, 1945 Frank eventually settled in Nevada where he worked in the Ranching Industry before becoming a Tavern owner in Gerlach, Nevada and later working as a Blaster and Heavy equipment Operator for U.S. Gypsum.
In 1982 Frank moved to the Northeastern California community of Westwood where he married the love of his life Rachel. At this time of his life, with the help of Jim Benner he found the Lord and was baptized into the Church of Christ. Frank was a stalwart Christian in the Chester congregation where he was involved in the construction of the new church building, and took pride in the care of the building and grounds. Frank was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars serving as Post Commander and All State Quartermaster, outside of his commitment to his Savior his passion in life was fishing.
Frank relocated to Chester, California two and a half years ago where he resided at Wildwood Senior Center where he shared his lively upbeat humor. His Wildwood friends appreciated his caring for others and his positive outlook on life.
In passing Frank leaves his stepsons; Bill Conner of Denver, CO and Jesse Phillips of Corning, CA, a step grandson; James Lovell of Citrus Heights, CA and a step grand daughter; Linda McKowski of Antelope, CA. A special thank you is in order for the staff at Wildwood to include his loving caregiver Cheryl Doughty along with his church family for making these last few years so special in Franks life.
May you rest in peace, Frank Wilson... Your Mission is complete.
RC - Blake "Burnout" Hutchinson
ARC - Jim "Slinky" Hestleton