Paul Wilson

Paul Eugene Wilson

Wednesday, September 4th, 1935 - Saturday, July 27th, 2019
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Paul Eugene Wilson, 83, of Independence, MO, passed away on Saturday, July 27, 2019. A visitation will be held from 5-8pm on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E 39th St., Independence, MO 64055. Service will be at 10am on Thursday, August 1, 2019 also at Speaks Suburban Chapel. Burial will follow at Mound Grove Cemetery. Paul was born on September 4, 1935 to James Miller and Laura Orena (Harding) Wilson in Moscow Mills, MO. Paul was the eldest of three brothers. Paul’s father worked for Sinclair Pipeline and moved to various cities and states, including Fort Madison, IA, before settling in Levasy, MO. Paul attended high school in Buckner, MO and graduated in 1953. On January 11, 1954, Paul joined the Army and after boot camp at Fort Riley, KS, served in the Korean War and later the reserves. Paul was honorably discharged in February of 1962. He met Bonnie Becker in October of 1955 on a blind date. Paul and Bonnie married on July 15, 1956. In 1958, their son, Rick, was born. They started Wilson Paving Company in 1968 and in 1997 the company incorporated and changed names to Wil-Pav, Inc. Early on, hunting pheasant and quail were Paul’s favorite weekend pastime. Later, he became interested in oil and gas memorabilia, restoring gas pumps and collecting signs. He also bought and restored old cars and went to auctions and swap meets to add items to his museum. Morning coffee with his cronies at Jack’s Donuts was his favorite way to start the day. He enjoyed the lake and was a slalom skier in the 1970’s. In 1977, Paul’s son Rick married Ellen and in 1979 Paul’s first and only granddaughter, Holly, was born. Holly and her grandparents enjoyed Royals games and their farm. In 1984 his first and only grandson, RJ, was born. RJ enjoyed the farm and doing projects in the museum with Paul. Paul is survived by his wife, Bonnie Wilson; son, Rick (Ellen) Wilson; granddaughter, Holly Wilson; grandson, RJ Wilson; brother, Larry (Billie) Wilson; Goddaughter, Angie (Chris) Gentile; and nieces and nephews. Paul is preceded in death by both parents and brother, Ed Wilson. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Paul’s name to Wayside Waifs or VFW 3976.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Speaks Suburban Chapel
    18020 E. 39th St.
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  • Service

    Thursday, August 1st, 2019 | 10:00am
    Thursday, August 1st, 2019 10:00am
    Speaks Suburban Chapel
    18020 E. 39th St.
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  • Interment

    Mound Grove Cemetery
    1818 North River Boulevard
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Todd Bartholow

Posted at 10:46pm
Todd Bartholow,
Paul gave me my first real job at age 15 fueling trucks and doing oil changes on equipment, in later years would run into Paul at auction he always had a smile on his face and time to talk. Will keep the family in our prays.

Jerry Sharp

Posted at 09:06pm
My condolences to the family, especially Rick and Larry. Paul gave me an opportunity to work and learn the trade under Rick and Larry. It was a pleasure working with you guys, take care.
Jerry Sharp

Kim Sloan

Posted at 08:55am
Mr. Wilson was one of the nicest, kindest men around. He was very kind and helpful to me when my father passed away. He will be missed. Praying for your family to have peace and comfort. Greg and Kim Sloan

Mike & Connie Peteete

Posted at 06:11pm
Words are always hard to find at a time such as this, but we want you to know how much we thought of Paul. He was a good man & he will be missed very much. You are all in our prayers.

Douglas Payne Posted at 06:10am

I worked for Wil-Pav Inc. for almost 10 years. I absolutely loved when Paul would put on his boots and come out in the field to work! Days that he didn't, he would still come by say hello and usually leave with something funny to laugh about! Paul had a smile that will sure be missed by many. 🙏Prayers for all! Condolences from The Payne Family

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