Ronald Earl Wilson, 66, of New London, Mo., passed away at 11:06 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Pastor Victor Keefe will officiate.
Friends and family are invited to Ronald's Life Celebration at a visitation that will be from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.
Ronald was born on July 13, 1953, in Hannibal, to Joseph Richard and Carrie Marie Rickey Wilson.
He married Dianne M. Lewallen on May 19, 1978, in Hannibal. She survives.
He is also survived by his son, Eric Wilson of Columbia, Mo.; his sisters, Rhonda Altgilbers of Quincy, Ill., Vicki Kessell of Hannibal,and Debra Hees (Daniel) of Monroe City, Mo.; several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces.
Ronald was preceded in death by his parents.
Ronald worked for 42 years at General Mills as a line worker and forklift operator. He was an active member of the Free Methodist Church. Ronald was a die-hard fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. He had many Cardinal Bobbleheads and player autographs.
He also enjoyed fishing for catfish, two of his favorite spots were the Mark Twain Lake and the Salt River. He also enjoyed watching football, especially the Dallas Cowboys, and basketball, especially Mizzou. He enjoyed his trips to Branson and going to Dollywood, the Estes Park in Colorado and was in Cooperstown to see Ozzie Smith inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. But most of all, Ronald enjoyed spending time with his family, which was his world.
Pallbearers will be Scott Altgilbers, Melvin Lewallen, Steven Lewallen, Butch Lott, Mike Wojick, Earl Rodgers, Chris Davenport and John Akright.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bud Purvis, Trey Lott and Bryan Altgilbers.
Memorial donations may be made to the James E. Cary Cancer Center.
Online condolences may be shared and a video tribute may be viewed at www.JamesO'DonnellFuneralHome.com