Henry J. Wilson was born in a small farmhouse in Smithfield, Pennsylvania on September 9, 1936 to James Jacob and Marybelle Chick Wilson. He passed away at Huntsman Cancer Hospital on January 9, 2021 due to complications from surgery.
He went to Albert Gallatin High School and loved playing football and boxing in his youth. Shortly after graduating he decided to join the military. The Air Force recruiter was the only one available on the day he went in and that set the scene for the rest of his life. He joined the United States Air Force in 1956 and was stationed at HAFB, Utah where he ended up serving an amazing military and civilian career.
In Utah, he met the love of his life Diane Thomas Wilson. They had a wonderful courtship and married on March 6th, 1959. Diane preceded him in death in 2012 and Henry patiently waited to be reunited with her in heaven. Together they had two children, Stacy (David) Tomisin, and Bryant (Kristie) Wilson. He has 7 grandchildren, Stephanie (Christopher) Jones, Jacob (Savannah) Spaulding, David (Katie) Spaulding, Katie (Dominic) Silva, Ethan (Samantha) Wilson, T.J. Wilson, and Austin Wilson; and 6 great grandchildren who all love and adore him tremendously.
Family was the most important thing to Henry, and he was always doing something to support his children and grandchildren. He was like a second dad to all his grandchildren. He spent countless hours watching them play football, at band concerts, soccer games, dance classes, karate, and whatever else they were interested in and doing. He always knew what was going on in their lives and attended every event he could.
He was baptized as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1977. He and his wife, Diane, were sealed in the Ogden, Utah Temple in 1978. Henry served in many callings in the church and could be counted on to serve his neighbors and friends however needed.
He had a love for golf and was a talented artist. He shared his love of golf and painting with his children and grandchildren, teaching them these skills.
Henry served in the U.S. Airforce and in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. He then followed his military career with a civilian career at Hill Air Force Base in munitions where he was known as "The Wizard" based on his extensive munition’s knowledge.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Diane; his parents, James and Marybelle; his brother, Jim; and his sister, Delores. He is survived by his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren mentioned above; his brother Bill (Karen) Wilson; and his sister Linda (Rich) Belan; as well as by many other extended family members and friends.
Henry was loved by many and was such a great example to all he encountered. He was especially loved by his family and was a huge part of their daily lives. He will be missed more than words can say.
We would like to thank the staff at Huntsman Cancer Hospital who were so kind in caring for him these last few weeks.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2021, at Riverdale Stake Center, 4000 Parker Dr. Riverdale, Utah. A viewing will be held on Friday, January 15, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Myers Mortuary, 5865 S. 1900 W. Roy, Utah, and prior to services at the stake center from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Interment will be in the Washington Heights Memorial Park .
The services will be live-streamed on the ‘Myers Mortuary & Evergreen Memorial Park’ Facebook page, as well as at the bottom of Henry’s obituary page beginning at 10:55 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Huntsman Cancer Institute or The Gary Sinise Foundation.
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