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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. John Woodrow Wilson went home to be at peace surrounded by his wife and son on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, at By the Bay Hospice Center, San Francisco.
Born July 10, 1943, in Keyser, W.Va., the son of the late Wayman L. Wilson and June Everly Wilson.
John was a 1961 graduate of Keyser High School. During John's journey through life he helped in the family business known as Wilson's Hershey Spot, their family ice cream and neighborhood grocery store.
When John left Keyser to pursue his career, he worked for the CIA in Washington, D.C. and Tokyo, Japan. Upon returning home to the states he had various jobs, including Choice Insulation at Westvaco, Laurel Run Mine and Anchor Glass Co. As his journey continued it took John to San Francisco where he worked at the Park 55 Hotel and Four Seasons Hotel in security until he retired. He managed the apartment building where he and his family resided on Lombard St. John was a Methodist by faith, a member of the Keyser Moose Lodge 662.
John was the loving father and husband. John always had a kind smile and never met a stranger. He enjoyed going to baseball games and fishing in California, with his wife and son. Whenever he could come back to Keyser, he would spend it hunting and fishing at the family cabin on Patterson's Creek and was an avid Mountaineer Fan.
John is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Tomoko Wilson; and his son, Nick Wilson of San Francisco. In addition John's survived by his son's, Paul and wife, Amy Wilson and their children, Abigail Simpson and Benjamin Wilson of Kentucky, Gary Wilson of Keyser. His daughter, Emily, and husband, Allen Rutter and their daughters, Kaitlyn and Mady of Columbia, S.C. He also leaves behind his brothers, David Wilson and wife, Sue, of Cary, N.C., Mike Wilson and wife, Cindy of Keyser; sister, Jennifer High and husband, Richard, of Keyser. His former wife, Reiko T. Wilson of Keyser and several nieces and nephews.
At John's request his body was cremated.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, at Halsted N. Gray Funeral Home, 1123 Sutter St., San Francisco, for his family and friends in California.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Keyser at the Wilson Cabin where we will take him home on the country roads of West Virginia.
Published on December 5, 2017
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