Ross A Wilson

Died: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018


9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Mon., Feb. 05, 2018
Location: Wood Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Mon., Feb. 05, 2018
Location: Wood Funeral Home


11:30 AM Mon., Feb. 05, 2018
Location: Greenwood Cemetery

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WILSON, ROSS ANDERSON JR., of Lawrence Kansas, passed away quietly with his family at his side on January 30, 2018.  Ross (never liked to be called Mr. Wilson) was born on February 22, 1920 in Gary, Indiana.  He was raised in Buffalo, N.Y. where he began a remarkable career.  In his teen years he attended military school in Hot Springs, Arkansas and was fond of telling the story of seeing then President Roosevelt using the hot springs for therapy.  Following high school he went to work for Bell Aircraft in Buffalo and was part of a seven-man crew that developed the first Bell helicopter.  During WWII he worked for Bell traveling the country trouble shooting both fixed wing and helicopter problems.  He was on the crew that put Chuck Yeager in the cockpit of the Bell X-1 that broke the sound barrier in 1947.

An avid outdoorsman, in the mid-fifties he moved with his wife June and son Jack, to Tuckerton, N.J. where he was one of the founders of three marinas on the South Jersey shore.  He also worked in both auto and real estate sales.  Ross retired in his mid-sixties and took up woodcarving.  He received numerous best of show awards and received the Hurley Conklin Award in 2002. 

He is predeceased by his wife June M. in 2010.  He is survived by his son Jack, daughter-in-law Kathy, and many great friends.  Visitation will be Monday, February 5, from 9-11 AM, at WOOD FUNERAL HOME, 134 EAST MAIN ST., TUCKERTON, N.J.  A celebration of life service will follow at the funeral home at 11 AM, Reverend Ron Watts officiating.  Interment will take place immediately after, at Greenwood Cemetery, Tuckerton.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Douglas County Visiting Nurses in Lawrence Kansas or the Lawrence Humane Society. 

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Edward and Nadine Hinds
   Posted Fri February 02, 2018
To Jack and Kathy,

Our condolences on the passing of your father. You are in our hearts and prayers.
Mr. Wilson (Ross the Boss) gave me my first job. He was also a mentor and a role model during my teenage years. He will be missed but remembered fondly. Our sincere sympathy.

Susan Tooker
   Posted Thu February 08, 2018
Dear Jack and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was a kind gentleman,
a wonderful soul. He sold my Mom her first boat in the 50’s,
one of the first fiberglass Owens ski boats. If memory serves
me correctly she and her sister taught you how to water ski
behind that boat. May your Dad Rest In Peace. God Bless.


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