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Norman L. Wilson

August 20, 1930 — March 28, 2018

Norman L. Wilson age 87 of Detroit Lakes, MN died March 28, 2018 at Ecumen-Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes, MN under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley. Norman Leslie Wilson was born August 20, 1930 in Osage, MN to Jesse and Elsie (Hopper) Wilson. Norman attended eight years of school at the Linnel School. In his teen age years he worked for his Dad, who owned and operated the Wilson Lumber and Saw Mill. He then served in the United States Army as a Corporal during the Korean War, seeing duty in Japan. Following his discharge he returned home and worked for his Dad. He later worked in road construction and drove truck for several trucking companies. He then purchased and drove his own truck for many years. He delivered city busses throughout the country, including Alaska. On September 25, 1953 he was united in marriage to Phyllis Nelson in Hopkins, MN. Norman will be fondly remembered for his sense of humor and his special way of picking nicknames for everyone. Norman is survived by his wife Phyllis; one son, Bruce (Tammy) Wilson, of Bremerton, WA; two daughters, Pamela (Mike) Wilson, of Detroit Lakes, MN; and Dawn Carlson, of Ramsey, MN; five grandchildren, Stephanie, Jessie, and A.J. Wilson; and Vanissa and Mitch Carlson; six great grandchildren; sister in law, Vicky Wilson; many nieces and nephews; and a host of special friends. Norman was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Roxanne; two brothers, Cliff and Ron; three sisters, Virginia Larson, Audrey Hokanson, and Sandy Dickinson. A Memorial Service will be held later this spring with a burial in the Smokey Hills area. Arrangements have been entrusted to the West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes, MN.
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