In Memory of Richard "Short" Wilson

Richard "Short" Wilson
Richard "Short" Wilson
Born: February 5, 1924
Died: August 28, 2014
Age: 90
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Richard "Short" Wilson
February 5, 1924 - August 28, 2014
From: Nevada, IA | Originally: Colo, IA

Richard James “Short” Wilson, age 90, of Colo, Iowa, died Thursday, August 28, 2014, at his home in Nevada, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 2, 2014, at the United Methodist Church in Colo, with Pastor Lewis S. Flanigan officiating.  Burial will follow in the
Colo Cemetery, with military honors by American Legion Post #139.  Visitation will be held at Ryan Funeral Home in Nevada on Monday from 5-7 p.m. 

Born February 5, 1924, in Colo, Iowa, Richard James “Short” Wilson was the son of H. Lee and L. Lorene (Granger) Wilson.  As a young child, Short helped his dad with the family dairy business, Wilson Dairy, delivering bottles of pure fresh Jersey milk with his siblings.  He was a 1941 graduate of Colo High School, where football was his passion and he played in an undefeated season in 1938.  He was later awarded ‘All Conference Quarterback’ by the Central Hawkeye Conference in 1940.

In 1945, Short joined the United States Navy.  He was advanced to Aerographer, Third Class, while serving aboard the destroyer USS Henderson, which participated in Operation High Jump, a four-month naval expedition to the South Pole under the command and advisement of Rear Admiral R.E. Byrd.  A highlight of his return trip to Norfolk, VA, was a pass through the Panama Canal aboard the USS Currituck in April, 1947.

On September 30, 1951, Short was united in marriage to Phyllis Jay in Nevada, Iowa.  The family settled on a farm southeast of Colo, where he resided for 57 years.  Short farmed, raising both grain and livestock, for over 50 years.  In 2011, he made his home at Indian Creek Independent Living in Nevada, where he resided until his death.

Short served on the Board of Directors for the Colo Community School District from 1964-79, and was a former member of the Isabelle Chapter of Colo #271 O.E.S.  He was a member of Nevada Masonic Lodge #99, served as scoutmaster for Colo Cub Scout Troop #228, and was a member and served on the board of the Story County Beef Producers.  He also belonged to the Colo United Methodist Church and the Colo American Legion.

Short loved the Iowa Hawkeyes, attending football games in Iowa City for many years, including the Peach Bowl in 1982.  He enjoyed fishing and boating with family and friends, and taking family vacations at Angler’s Beach Resort in Cass Lake, MN since the early 1960’s.  Other interests included playing bridge, square dancing in earlier years, reading, gardening, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, rarely missing their church, school, or sporting activities.

Survivors include four children, Robert (Sharon) Wilson, Keith (Kim) Wilson, and Merle (Pam) Wilson, all of Colo, and Ginny (Greg) Peters of Port Byron, IL; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Margaret White of Colo, and Mary (Glen) Presnall of Nevada; a brother, Donald (Ruth) Wilson of Colo; and a sister-in-law, Ardis Wilson of Colo.

He was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis on January 27, 2006; his parents; a brother, Raymond Wilson; and a brother-in-law, Carroll White.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Short and his family.  A memorial fund has been established in his name.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 9:38 AM
“I am so sorry to learn of Short's passing. I am so honored to have known and cared for this man who was such a character! He will always have a place in my heart. My deepest sympathies to the family.”
- Michelle Merriss
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 12:59 PM
“Thanks to everyone for your wonderful stories and words of support for Dad and our family. ”
- Ginny Wilson Peters
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 1:29 PM
“My father Carroll C Wilson was raised with Hev & Short. When I was a girl, we would take our vacation with the family and travel from Oregon to Iowa to visit Dads relatives, and in Missouri we would visit Mom folks.It was the best times with family dinners, potlucks, gatherings after church, ice-cream socials, just good time with real good people. The big frogs singing, the fireflies blinking and the sound of the trains in the background. Great memories that stayed with me. It is good to hear the family is still together, I know Uncle Lee and Aunt Loreen would want that to continue. Patt Frazier Sandpoint, Idaho ”
- Patricia (Wilson) Frazier
Monday, September 1, 2014 at 5:47 PM
“The Wilson Family, so sorry to hear about Shorts passing. What an amazing man he was. You had everything to be proud of in him and He in all of you. He along with your Momma raised wonderful kids and grandkids and great grandkids. How lucky you were to have him. Our friendship, support and prayers to you all.”
- Norm and Ellen Woods and family
Monday, September 1, 2014 at 11:49 AM
“Please accept our sincere sympathy for the loss of your father. We will all miss the wry smile and the twinkle in his eyes. Always made us think he was up to something. Sorry we will be unable to attend the services for Janet's uncle Short .
Alan & Janet Maas”
- Alan & Janet Maas
Friday, August 29, 2014 at 2:07 PM
“Jim & I will be praying for special memories of your Dad to flood your thoughts as you go through this time of sorrow. He was a very special Uncle and will be missed but knowing he is celebrating with Aunt Phyllis and the rest of our family who have gone before seems to be a comforting feeling. He is in the glory land now and for the rest of his life and we will all come together some day again. ”
- Jim & Jean Donald
Friday, August 29, 2014 at 2:07 PM
“We are so very sorry for your loss. It will be hard, we know, not to have him right there with you. What a full life he lived! From serving his country in so many places, to farming and raising a wonderful family, he certainly left all of you with many memories and stories to tell. His smiling picture sure says it all, he sure loved life! Our warmest hugs and sincerest prayers to you all as your grieve. We know you'll miss him terribly. ”
- Jim & Julie Turner
Friday, August 29, 2014 at 2:07 PM
“I was saddened to hear of Short's passing. He was a good friend of ours while living at Colo and also going to the Resort in Cass Lake brings back wonderful memories of our families being together. I know what a good father, grandfather and great-grandfather and brother he was to all of you. My deepest sympathies.”
- Becke Cutler Arnold
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10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
United Methodist Church
Colo, Iowa


Pastor Lewis S. Flanigan


Bob Wilson
Keith Wilson
Merle Wilson
Greg Peters
Brandon Wilson
Danny Wilson


5-7 p.m.
Monday, September 1, 2014
Ryan Funeral Home
Nevada, Iowa


Stacie Hostetler, Organist


Colo Cemetery
Colo, Iowa