Larry Wayne Wilson, 61, of Salem, Illinois, passed away at 8:01 am April 7, 2021 at his home. He was born November 20, 1959 in Mount Vernon, Illinois to the late Murrel Eugene Wilson and Mary (Spackey) Southerd. Larry married Rhonda (Thompson) Wilson on October 8, 2005 in Alaska and she survives in Salem. Larry proudly served his country in the United States Army Special Forces from 1981 to 1984, serving in Korea during his enlistment. He drove the ice roads in Alaska for three of his thirty-three years of truck driving.
He loved camping, hunting, and fishing. He loved and cared for his animals very dearly. Larry was a John Wayne fanatic. His hobbies included doing handy-man jobs around his home and cooking, as well as working on his pickup truck. Larry is dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.Larry is survived by two daughters, Teri Ann Wilson of South Beloit, Illinois and KatieAnne Cullen of Salem, Illinois; three sons, Tracy Wilson and wife, Kelli of Hawaii, Mykell Wilson and wife, Mackinzi of Salem, Illinois, and Jamie Thompson of Alaska; six grandchildren, Kristen, Kennidie, Maverick, Austin, Andrew, Madilyn; brother, Rick Owens and wife, Debra; two sisters, Sandra Wilson and Cheryl Braden; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; and three special nephews, Scott, Kyle, and Craig.
He also leaves behind his very best friend, Rich Oliver.In addition to his parents, Larry was preceded in death by his brother, Steve Owens; an infant sister, Pamela Sue Wilson; and uncle, Vern “Gale” Southerd.A Visitation will be held Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Hughey Funeral Home in Mount Vernon, Illinois.
A Funeral Service will begin at noon at the funeral home with Mr. Shawn Woodward officiating. Interment will follow at Boyd Cemetery in Boyd, Illinois. Memorials may be made in Larry’s honor to the Wilson family in the care of Rhonda Wilson.Please remember to observe social distancing at this time. We are limited to 50 people in our building at a time. Following the CDC and NFDA regulations, we encourage everyone to wear a mask. They will be made available, upon request.
Call Hughey Funeral Home at 618-242-3348 or visit hugheyfh.com for further information.