William (Bill) Birk Wilson, 80, of Owensboro, died January 27, 2022 at his home. He was born June 28, 1941 in Winchester to Robert R. “Bullet” Wilson and Margaret Atkinson Wilson.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Nancy Tong Wilson; his children, Shane Wilson (Barbara), Wade Wilson (Allison Kyle) and Jessica Wilson Beckmann (Jared); his grandchildren, Hayden, Riley, Kade and Crew Wilson and Bret and Brooks Beckmann, born 30 minutes after his death; and his brother, R. Allen Wilson (Beulah).
He graduated from Owensboro High School in 1959 and Kentucky Wesleyan College in 1963. He participated in sports at Owensboro High, basketball from 1957 to 1959, all regionals, and golf from 1957 to 1959. He was a member of the student council and in the choir of all states. At the Kentucky Wesleyan, he was on the golf team from 1959 to 1963, vice president of the student body and senior class, and president of the interfraternity council. He was an avid golfer and an Owensboro Country Club golf champion.
He resided in Palm Beach County, Florida for 11 years and worked for South Florida liquor distributors, where he won numerous sales awards. In 1985 he returned to Owensboro to start a business with his family. He was a co-owner of Star Trax Video Rental Shops. For the past ten years, he worked at Industrial Leasing Corporation, before retiring in 2019 due to Alzheimer’s disease.
The family would like to thank Hospice of Western Kentucky for their excellent care.
The Cardinal Cremation Society is making final arrangements. He asked for no service.
Memories and condolences for the family of William Wilson can be left at www.williambirkwilson.wixsite.com/condolence.
The dad we had taught us the important things in life: never to miss an opportunity to dance with his wife, to lead with a firm handshake and a friendly smile, and that doing the right thing often means effort. additional. The dad we never met has a strange face. He took the time to meet new people, regardless of location. A chance encounter with him could earn you a friend for life, and as long as he was in the room, the party didn’t end. The father we had was fiercely loyal and full of pride. Even when we were wrong, he was always on our side. If anyone ever pointed out a loved one’s flaws, they would simply smile and retort, “They’re just perfect.” The father we had lost all of his memories before his passing, but reintroducing us as his family was greeted with unparalleled joy. He spent his last days surrounded by love, warm in his bed. And a lot of “I love you”. were many of the last words he heard and said. The dad we lived with fully and lovingly for 80 years, and the time we spent with him was well worth all the tears today.