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James E. Wilson

Obit-WilsonJames E “Jim” Wilson, 85, long time resident of Estes Park died on November 11, 2013 in Sierra Vista, Arizona.

Jim was born in Loveland on Oct 21, 1928 to Claude and Florence Wilson. He went to Love- land schools and became an entrepreneur early in life. As a pre-teen he sold fruit and vegeta- bles that his grandparents, Richard and Anna Johnson, grew in their back yard. As a teen he delivered milk for a local dairy. He also worked as an auto mechanic before joining the Army in the Korean Conflict.

Corporal James Wilson was a decorated soldier receiving Veteran Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star and United Nations Service Medal.

In 1952 he received an honorable discharge and moved to Estes with his family. He formed the Wilson General Contracting Company in Estes. He built the Tyrol Motor Inn, Silver Saddle Motel, Nicky’s Motel and the old Holiday Inn on Hwy 34. Jim also built and remodeled homes for many old time Estes residents.

Wanting to leave the construction business, Jack Cheley offered Jim a job as Superintendent of Maintenance at Cheley Colorado Camp. Jim continued to work for Don Cheley building new housing for campers, maintained the water supply and sanitation system as well as maintained all camp vehicles. Nearly 50 years later, health challenges turning him and Ann into snowbirds. Every spring for the next 13 years, Jim returned to Cheley to open camp, maintain the camp during the summer and finally prepare camp for winter, before returning to Arizona.

Jim was an avid hunter and enjoyed going to the Western slope with his hunting buddies. Jim was an officer of both the American Legion and Lions Club in Estes.

In 2001, Jim and Ann moved to Sierra Vista, Arizona where he took up model railroading building the sets from scratch including trellises and houses for his elaborate train layouts. He also did wood working projects for his home. He enjoyed all sports on TV.

Survived by wife, Ann, of 42 years Two daughters: Fayrene Brigance of Michigan City, IN and Belinda Renegar of Richland, WA Son: Doug Schlarbaum (and wife Sybille) of Sierra Visa, AZ. Brothers: Le Roy (wife Rachel) Wilson of Loveland, Co and Vincent (wife Shirley) Kerr of Riverside CA Sisters: Rosalie Johns of Boise, ID and Wanda Rhoton of Lake Elsinore, CA 10 grand-children and 14 great-grand-children

Proceeded in death by Parents: Claude Wilson and Florence Kerr Sister: Evelyn Hoctor Daughters: Betty Jo Wilson and Anna Ferquinia Son: Dennis Schlarbaum

Jim was buried at Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Sierra Vista.

In Lieu of Flowers, the family suggests donations to: Hospice Casa De La Paz, 300 El Camino Real, Sierra Vista AZ 85635.

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