• Date Of Birth: October 9, 1936
  • Date Of Death: February 24, 2016
  • State: Montana

John Ralph Wilson (Jack) 79 went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at the Montana Veterans’ Home in Columbia Falls, Montana.  Jack was born October 9, 1936 in Geyser, Montana to John and Mary (Madden) Wilson.  He attended school in Geyser where he loved playing basketball.  After graduation from high school in 1955 Jack started working for the Great Northern Railroad in Great Falls, Montana.  Jack was a Carmen on Burlington North and retired in 1998 from BNSF.

Jack joined the Navy in 1956 and was proud of being elected Honor Man by the men in his unit.  The last fourteen months of his enlistment he served on the Admiral’s staff in Japan.  After his discharge in 1960 Jack went back to work on the railroad.  Two months later Jack met his future bride Ginger Fitzhugh who was vacationing in Montana.

Jack and Ginger were married July 22, 1961 in Portland, Oregon.  They made their home in Great Falls, Whitefish, Washington State and Kalispell.  At the time of his death Jack and Ginger were married 54 years.  Jack belonged to Northridge Heights Church of God and Cornerstone Community Church.

Jack loved his family, daughter Teresa J. Nelson and son John V. Wilson.  Jack would always work on the family cars so John and Teresa learned from him.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Wilson, brothers Bruce Wilson and Norman Dean Wilson, nephew Wayne Faulk, grandparents, aunts and uncles.  Jack is survived by his wife, Ginger, daughter Teresa and son-in-law, Andy Nelson, their children Dalton and Gillian, son John V. Wilson, daughter-in-law Melissa, their daughters Haley and Riley.  He is also survived by his brothers Richard (Jeanne) Wilson, James Wilson, sisters Barbara Bessler, Terry Jo Messina, Carol Faulk, Rita (Jerry) Stulc, and several nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to acknowledge and thank all those phenomenal people at the Veteran’s Home that took such good, loving care of Jack and included Ginger in their care.  Words cannot express the family’s thanks.

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