SULLIVAN – Kenneth Duane Wilson, 67, of Sullivan, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2019 at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital, Decatur.
His funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2019 at the Harper-Swickard Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Roselawn Cemetery, Charleston. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. (Noon) to 2:00 p.m. Memorials in his honor may be made to the American Heart Association.
Kenneth was born April 18, 1951 in Champaign, son of Martha (Finley) and Ralph Raymond Wilson, Sr. He married Nancy Grace Nolen, January 21, 2003; she preceded him in death, February 6, 2012. He is survived by children: Terry (Jennifer) Thompson of Streamwood, IL and Tracie Ottwell (Joshua Sanders) of Mattoon. Five grandchildren Ashton Ottwell, Keira Sanders, Arkin Sanders, Mary Ellen Sanders, and Dylan Martin; and two brothers: Terry (Mely) Wilson of Mt. Pulaski, IL and Ralph Wilson, Jr. of Charleston; nieces and nephews: Danielle, Kimberly, Michelle, Alex, Brian, and Cindy also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister: Rosalie Burris; and one niece: Brandi Wilson.
Kenneth was a general manager and regional supervisor for Sirloin Stockade and Golden Corral Restaurants for many years. He was the top grossing sales manager at his Kirksville, MO location for several years and won numerous awards. Kenneth loved animals of all kinds, but he especially enjoyed horses, dogs, and wolves. He enjoyed playing cards and board games with family and friends, making it a social event, and coin collecting. Kenneth enjoyed country music and watching westerns on television. He enjoyed being out in nature, taking his dog for rides out to the park, and looking for deer in the Lake Shelbyville area. Kenneth enjoyed going to the movies. He collected Native American artifacts and displayed them in his home. Kenneth was an avid sports fan, and collected hats of his favorite teams, especially in football and basketball. In his younger days he was an accomplished pianist, and often played for school functions and church.