William Keene Wilson

Posted: Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Former Juneau resident William Keene Wilson, 61, died Sept. 19, 2003, at IHS Hospital in Fort Yates, N.D. He was born March 2, 1942, in Hoonah, to John and Olga (Keene) Wilson.

He was raised and educated in Juneau and graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1962. He attended the Cleveland Engineering Institute and Cleveland State University and received his degree in civil engineering. He was a civil engineer for 38 years. On March 27, 1965, he married Rosa Ramsey at St. James Episcopal Church, Cannon Ball, N.D.

He volunteered in the St. Luke's Soup Kitchen, Elijah's Soup Kitchen and various other soup kitchens in the area. He was an avid supporter of the Standing Rock High School Warriors and also enjoyed billiards.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Beatrice Halkett and Maryann Ledesma.

He is survived by his wife, Rosa Ramsey; daughter, Sharon (David) Wright of Kent, Wash.; sons, Gerald (Maria) Wilson of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., and William K. Wilson Jr. of Yorba Linda, Calif.; sister, Norma (Dale) Kubik of Astoria, Ore.; brothers, John (Sue) Wilson, Jr., Ray Wilson and Don (Jinx) Wilson, all of Juneau; grandchildren, Erica Wright, Brian Wright, Asia Tumulak-Wilson, Bishop Tumulak-Wilson, Ivy Wilson; cousin, Norma Paglinawan; aunt, Irene Jimmy; and niece, Rikkilynn Ramsey.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, in Fort Yates, N.D., with Rev. John Floberg officiating.

Burial will be in Big Lake Cemetery, Cannon Ball, N.D. Arrangements are being made by Perry Funeral Home.

The family prefers memorials be made to the Fort Yates Dialysis Center.

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