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“Mr. Wilson will be greatly missed! He was such a wonderful man. I grew up next door to him and spent many days helping him plant flowers, having...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Jennifer McLocklin - MI

“Dester was always so much fun to be around and our boys enjoyed the fun tricks he played with them. So sorry for you Roger and Adam. Keep all those...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Michelle Straight - Port Austin, MI

“I was shocked when my mom told me about mr.wilson passing. I am sorry for your lost, he was such a loving great guy. I always helped him snow blow...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Matthew Mclocklin - Warren, MI

“Dester,Was a very warm, kind and pleasant brother in Christ. It was always a pleasure to speak with him as he attended Christ Community Church each...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Oswald & Cerol Alleyne - Troy, MI

“I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Wilson. I was able to meet and talk to him a couple years ago at the cemetery decoration in Hanging...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Jeff Norrod - Cookeville, TN

“Dester was a joy to know. I'll miss seeing him at family parties and in Florida. ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Marcia Smith - Port Richey, FL

“To the sweetest man in the entire world. We love you and miss you R.I.P. my sweet Uncle Dester. ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Karen Lee - BROOKLYN, NY - Family

“My deepest sympathy goes out to your family Dester. You were a very good friend to everyone. We're going to miss you, especially at the bowling alley...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Chris Kowalski - Roseville, MI


Dester V Wilson, age 89, died Friday, November 10, 2017. Mr. Wilson was born April 26, 1928 in the small rural town of Hanging Limb, Tennessee, son of the late Joseph P. and the late Cora L. (nee: Hoover) Wilson.

Dester spent the first part of his life in rural Tennessee, in a town where the grist mill, church and even a cemetery carried the Wilson name. Many of his ancestors from Ireland had settled in Hanging Limb and they acquired a large amount of land and started to develop the town. At about the age of 18, Dester answered the call of his country and enlisted in the US Army with whom he served during the Korean War. Part of his time overseas was spent in Germany where they had electricity, something he had never seen before. The lights and big town feel were a welcome sight for this young man from a little Tennessee town.

For the next few years, following his discharge from the Army, Dester would move back and forth from his home town to Michigan for work. He would work in the sawmill, and for a short time the mines near his home and in the factories in Michigan. By the mid 1950's, Dester would call Michigan his full time home. It is here that he and his wife Mary would raise their two children. He first found employment at the Budd Wheel Company, the company that actually fabricated the body for the iconic Ford Thunderbird. Dester effected his part in the fabrication by brazing and/or welding the body of the car. After a few years at the Budd Company, Dester would move on to Ford Motor Company where he spent the next 25 years of his working career until accepting his well-deserved retirement..

Dester was a longtime member of Christ Community Church in Sterling Heights (formerly Heritage Baptist Church). Dester would never miss a Sunday service and was even there last Sunday as his health was really beginning to fail. In his last days of life, he was concerned with others and turned the spot light away from himself.

Dester also had another family and that was those that he bowled with every week. He was an avid bowler and as recently as last year, at age 88, he bowled a game over 200. Everyone wanted to be Dester's partner on the bowling league. His own daughter could never get close to him on the lanes, but luckily there was always their shared dinner afterwards where they enjoyed a little father and daughter time.

Of all the people that Dester held dear, none meant more to him than his own family. There was nothing that he enjoyed more than spending time with them. He would still travel to his little hometown in Tennessee to spend time with the many family members that were still there. He truly enjoyed wintering in Florida with his daughter Kathy and her husband Paul. While on any of his trips, the challenge for those with him was to keep up with Dester.

Dester was the beloved husband of the late Mary L. (2009). Treasured father of Kathy L. (Paul) Smith and Roger Wilson. Dear brother of Hershel (Georgia) Wilson, Genata Looper, Myma Gene Miller. Loving grandfather of Christopher (Karen) Smith, Paul (Jeanmarie) Smith, Travis (Cindy) Smith and Adam Wilson. Special great-grandfather of Paige Hilligoss, Shellie (Joe Mallory) Marentette, Cameron Hilligoss, Beyonca Hilligoss, Christopher Smith, Payton Smith and Colton Smith. Great-grandfather of Emma, Aubrey and Zoey. He also leaves to cherish his memory, his companion of the last 5 years, Regina DeClark.

Visitation for Dester will be held Tuesday, November 14th from 3 - 9 pm, with a 7 pm Masonic Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home in Warren.

He will lie in state on Wednesday from 10:00 am until the time of his Funeral Service at 11:00 am at Christ Community Church, 8291 E. 14 Mile Rd. at Van Dyke in Sterling Heights.

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