Dale Wilson

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Dale Wilson

Funeral services for Dale Wilson, 84 year old Buffalo resident who passed away August 1st in Billings, Montana following a courageous three year battle with kidney disease, will be held Friday, August 16th at 2:00 p.m. from the Harness Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo, with Father Doug Wasinger officiating. Interment will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with graveside services to follow the funeral. Donations in Mr. Wilson’s memory may be made to the Rocky Mountain Hospice in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.
Dale Edward Wilson was born on November 18, 1928 in Sheridan, Wyoming to Robert and Marian Wilson. He moved with his family to Hardin where he attended school. As a teenager he moved to Buffalo and lived with Doris and Kenneth Twing and graduated from Johnson County High School in 1947. Dale Joined the U.S. Navy in 1948 and was married during his military time to Doris Adami and they had one daughter. He was a flight mechanic and took part in the Berlin Airlift. His only Navy time spent on a ship was on his way home from Germany. He received an honorable discharge in 1950 and worked as a truck driver and later as a welder. His specialty was large tank construction which he did all over the Western United States, Canada and Hawaii. He also worked in Aruba off the coast of Venezuela building large tanks for a desalination plant. He was married to Donna Anderson and they had two sons. Dale finished his career as an operations engineer, foreman and regional manager for GATX, a tank erection corporation. He retired in 1991 and moved to Snowflake, Arizona where the high desert soil would grow just about anything with just a little water. In 1995 he moved to Roundup Montana where he lived with his nephew Jack Martin. He moved back to Buffalo and worked for his nephew Gerry Miller from 2000 until 2011. In 2011 he moved back to Roundup for a few months before moving to the Bonaventure Assisted Living Center in Billings where he lived until the time of his death.
Dale was a member of the Missouri Synod Church and described himself as an “eremite”. The family would like to thank the staff at the Bonaventure Senior Living Community in Billings for making the last years of Dale’s life very pleasant.
He is survived by two sons, Cris Wilson of Pleasant Grove , Utah and Dave Wilson of Shubduck, Idaho; one daughter Bev Jones of Billings and numerous grandchildren, great-granchildren, nieces and nephews.