Richard Charles Wilson, 76, of Columbia passed away on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at home with his family by his side.
Richard was born in Denison, Texas on December 6, 1944 to Charles and Melba Redding Wilson. The family moved to Franklin, MO in 1954 and Columbia, MO in 1958. Richard graduated from Columbia Hickman High School in 1963, where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball. He went right into the army where he served active duty & active reserve duty from 1963- 1966 as a part of the Army's historic 128th Artillery. He attended MU for 3 semesters, then went to work for the United States Post Office in Columbia in 1965 where he worked for 41 years. He married Janet Ballew on October 17, 1969 and they were married over 51 years. They moved to Hallsville, MO in 1971. They had two children, Lisa Kathleen Wilson Martin and Gregory Scott Wilson. He was a Christian by choice and a Baptist by preference. He belonged to Hallsville Baptist Church from 1975 - 2010, then Heritage Baptist church from 2010 -2019 and Calvary Heritage Baptist Church from 2019 to present after Calvary Baptist and Heritage Baptist merged in 2019. He served his Lord & Savior Jesus Christ as a Deacon & Sunday School Teacher for over 40 years. He Retired as a letter carrier in 2007, and worked as a courier for Boyce & Bynum Labs from 2007 - 2018 when he was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, with Pastor John Martin officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until time for the service. Burial will follow the service at Grandview Baptist Cemetery.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, son, Gregory Scott Wilson, mother & father-in-law, Elgin & Marie Ballew; sister-in-law, Willowdean Moore Robinson; brothers-in-law, Eugene, Richard and Ronnie Ballew.
He is survived by his wife, Janet; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and John Martin; grandchildren Joy, Matthew (Abbey Laws), Grace and Adam Martin; brother, John (Karin) Wilson of San Diego, CA; nephew, Ben (Candace) Wilson & their children; brother-in-law, Bill Ballew (Pat); sisters-in-law, Margie (Paul) Van Horn, Kathryn Houston, Dorothy Ballew, Karin Ballew and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions are suggested be given to the donor’s charity of choice.
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