Milton R. Wilson

Milton R. Wilson

Milton R. Wilson was born in Buffalo, Wyoming. He later moved to the family ranch in Western South Dakota. He went to high school in Brookings. He completed his undergraduate work at Augustana College in Sioux Falls. He took his theology training at the Lutheran Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He spent one year at Dana Seminary in Blair, Nebraska. The focus here was on preparing for the Mission Field. He had hoped to become a missionary in Japan; however, this did not happen.

Milton accepted a call to Grandview, Washington to start a new congregation. It was here that he met his future wife, Myrtle Hanson. Milton went on to form new churches in Falfurias, Texas. He also started a new church in Edmonton, Alberta – the Good Shepherd, which later became Hope Lutheran. He was Associate Pastor and principal of a Christian school in Phoenix Arizona. He accepted a call to Edinburg, Texas, where he was able to do some missionary work with the Mexicans.

Milton continued to preach and teach across the western U.S. and Canada. The family eventually settled in Lethbridge, Alberta. He held a 12 year teaching position on the Blood Reserve at Stand-Off. So his family could remain in Lethbridge, he travelled a 50 mile commute each day! While in Lethbridge, he built a new home with help of his sons Lewis and Clark.

Retirement didn’t satisfy him so he became a licensed realtor.

Milton and Myrtle retired to Kelowna in 1992 and were able to do a considerable amount of travel. He had a fascinating hobby of researching the origin of names, helping many people to find out the meaning of their names.

He continued to be very active in church affairs and politics. He kept up on all the news and politics in Canada and the U.S.A.

He served for many years on the boards of several organizations, including the Conservative Party, Kelowna Right to Life, and the National Association of Federal Retirees.

Milton is survived by his loving wife Myrtle, and his children: Carolyn Vincent (David), Victoria; Christine, Edmonton; Paul (Pat), Minneapolis; Earl, Campbell River; Lewis, Victoria; Clark, Washington, DC; Holly, at home; six grandchildren; three sisters: Hope, Faye, and Joyce (Ralph), all of South Dakota; and brother Doyle, of San Clemente, California.

Milton’s funeral was held on August 27, 2010 at Grace Lutheran Church in West Kelowna, BC.

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