Lawrence "Larry" David Wilson, 79, of Perham, Minnesota, passed away under the care of Red River Valley Hospice on Tuesday, January 5, 2016.
Larry is survived by his wife Lynn of 37 years; his three sons, David Lawrence Wilson and his wife Debra of Dallas, TX, Stephen Michael Wilson of Phoenix, AZ and Grant Lawrence Wilson and his wife Shawna of Minneapolis, MN; and four grandchildren, Tyler Lawrence Wilson, Cayley Amanda Wilson, Keane Michael Wilson and Lucile Grace Wilson.
Larry was born on February 7, 1936 at City Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio to Elmer and Veronica (Pipa) Wilson. He graduated from West High School in 1954 and attended Ohio University until 1955. Larry joined the Air Force where he served and flew the F100 and the F105 from 1958 until 1966. He fought in the Vietnam War and was awarded the Purple Heart after being shot down and wounded on August 11, 1965. He joined American Airlines in 1966 and retired as a Chief Pilot and ORD Base Manager on February 7, 1996. He flew the 727, DC10, 757 and 767.
On May 29, 1977, Larry married the love of his life, Lynn Adele Rosen, in Chicago, IL. He is a man that believes in family and that everyone is equal in the eyes of God. He often spent time traveling with his wife, fishing with his sons and reading to his grandchildren. In the airline world, he was known as an experienced flyer that specialized in "soft landings" and always had a good story to tell with drink in hand.
Visitation will be held on Friday, January 8, 2016 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. with a service of remembrance at 7:00 p.m. at Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham. Visitation will resume on Saturday, January 9 beginning at 10:00 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, Perham. Interment will be held in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN.