GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE Sunday, October 31, 2004

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John P. Wilson Sr.

MISSOULA - Air Force veteran, Harlem native and former Chinook resident John P. Wilson Sr., 61, of Missoula, a businessman, died of cancer Wednesday at his residence.

His memorial service is 2 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Missoula, followed by a reception at the Inn on Broadway.

Survivors include sons John Jr. (Laura) Wilson of Denver and Brian Wilson of Portland, Ore.; sisters, Lois Butcher of Chinook, Phyllis Rouland and Marilyn Kinzle, of Missoula, and Judy Bacon and Candy Wilson, of Bigfork; a brother, Robert (Hazel) Wilson of Sandy Hook, Conn.; and three grandchildren.

Additional survivors include numerous nieces and nephews; his companion, Carol Handy; and his dog, Underfoot.

John was preceded in death by his mother and father, Robert and Esther; his brother, Bill; and his sister, Helen.

John was born Feb. 21, 1943, in Harlem, the seventh of eight children. He was raised and educated in Harlem, Roundup, Terry and Chinook, as he followed his father's oil field work. He graduated from Chinook High School in 1962.

His father purchased the Cozy Corner in Chinook in the late '50s and John helped in the confectionery.

He joined the Air Force in 1962, and was stationed in Watertown, N.Y., where he met Bonnie Loson; they were married in 1965. After an honorable discharge, John and Bonnie moved to Green River, Utah, where John worked at the White Sands Missile Base and where their first son, John Jr., was born. A year later they moved to Missoula, where John enrolled at the University of Montana.

John's professional career began at UBC as a picture framer while he attended college. In 1969, he opened the Art Attic. In 1970, his second son, Brian, was born.

He later sold the business and became an independent sales rep, traveling through seven Rocky Mountain states and western Canada. He invented a product called the "Band-It" that is still used in the framing industry. He also started an oval and circle wood picture frame manufacturing company in Missoula that utilized a technology never before used in this process.

John continued to travel and sell through 1995. He bought the Old Dairy Building on West 3rd in Missoula, which is still in operation today.

John and Bonnie separated in 1984, and he married Goldie Indreland in 1989.

He always put family first and was the motivator of a majority of the family gatherings. His positive influence and continuous support for several nieces and nephews on their journeys into adulthood will carry his legacy for many years and generations to come.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Hospice of Missoula, 800 Kensington Ave., Missoula, MT 59801 in memory of John P. Wilson.

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THE MISSOULIAN Sunday, October 31, 2004

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John P. Wilson Sr.

1943 - 2004

MISSOULA - John P. Wilson Sr. was taken to be with the Lord after a courageous battle with cancer on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004.

John was born in Harlem on Feb. 21, 1943, to Robert and Esther Wilson, the seventh of eight children.

His childhood years were spent at grade schools in Harlem, Roundup, Terry and finally Chinook in northern Montana as he followed his father's oil drilling career. His father purchased the Cozy Corner in Chinook in the late '50s and John helped in the confectionary and graduated from Chinook High School in 1962.

He enlisted in the Air Force in 1962 and was stationed in Watertown, N.Y. This is where he and Bonnie Loson met and were united in marriage in 1965.

After an honorable discharge, John and Bonnie moved to Green River, Utah, where John worked at the White Sands Missile Base and where their first son John Jr. was born in 1965. A year later, they moved to Missoula where John enrolled at the University of Montana. John's professional career began at UBC as a picture framer while attending college.

In 1969, at the age of 26, John's entrepreneurial spirit kicked in and he opened the Art Attic with partner Al Hamm. This business included picture framing, antiques, an art gallery and supplies for the trade. In 1970, John and Bonnie's second son, Brian, was born.

John became sole proprietor of the Art Attic in 1971. The business was sold in 1978 so he could focus on selling. In 1976, he had chosen to take his knowledge of the picture-framing trade to the streets. He began as an independent sales rep covering seven Rocky Mountain states and western Canada.

He started the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Professional Picture Framers Association and won numerous sales excellence awards as he continuously wrote the largest sales volume from the biggest territory with the fewest number of people. His "can-do" attitude and consultative approach to selling made him a favorite with all of his clients. It was not unusual for John to spend an entire day with a valuable client showing them how to more effectively operate their businesses.

He took great pride in the fact that even though his travel was extensive, he made it a priority to be home on Friday nights to watch his two sons participate in athletics from 1980 to 1988.

His skills in working with his hands were countless. One of John's favorite cliches was, "It is better to do it right the first time than to have to do it over again." On numerous occasions, people have said they had never encountered a person who was so skilled and knowledgeable in so many areas.

John invented a product called the "Band-It" that is still used in the framing industry. He also started an oval and circle wood picture frame manufacturing company in Missoula that utilized a technology never before used in this process.

John continued to travel and sell through 1995, during which time he also entered into a partnership in the old dairy building on West Third Street in Missoula. That business is still in operation today and has housed several successful Missoula companies over the years. John was known as the answer man when it came to helping his tenants in whatever they needed to help them succeed - he was always there to lend a hand.

John and Bonnie separated in 1984, and he married Goldie Indreland in 1989. They lived in Grant Creek, where John thoroughly enjoyed his time spent with the Indreland family through 1999 when their lives grew apart.

John's passions were any projects that included hard work, creativity and ingenuity. Most of all, John enjoyed taking something old and making it new, including houses, cars, buildings, furniture and way too many other things to list.

His goals in life were very simple: to work hard, always put family first and be there for others in their time of need. His main love was all things family. He was the anchor to the Wilson family and the motivator of a majority of the family gatherings. His positive influence and continuous support for several nieces and nephews on their journeys into adulthood will carry his legacy for many years and generations to come.

He would often measure the depth of his friendships based upon the person's ability to hang on in a mean game of cribbage or pinochle.

Father John, Grandpa John, Brother John, Uncle John, Friend John will be sorrowfully missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

John is survived by his older son, John Jr. and his wife Laura and their three children, Blake, Zachary and Lia of Denver; son Brian Wilson of Portland, Ore.; sisters Lois Butcher of Chinook, Phyllis Rouland and Marilyn Kinzle of Missoula, and Judy Bacon and Candy Wilson of Bigfork; brother Robert Wilson and wife Hazel of Sandy Hook, Conn.; numerous nieces and nephews; his companion Carol Handy; and his dog, Underfoot.

John was preceded in death by his mother and father Robert and Esther, his brother Bill, and his sister Helen.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at Sunset Memorial Cemetery. A reception will be held immediately following at the Inn on Broadway, 1609 W. Broadway.

In lieu of flowers and should friends so desire, memorials may be sent to Hospice of Missoula, 800 Kensington Ave., Missoula, MT 59801, in memory of John P. Wilson Sr.

Arrangements are by Garden City Funeral Home & Crematory.

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HAVRE DAILY NEWS Monday, November 1, 2004

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JOHN WILSON

MISSOULA - John P. Wilson Sr., 61, died Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004, at his home in Missoula due to cancer.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Missoula. A reception will follow at the Inn on Broadway, 1609 W. Broadway.

John was born on Feb. 21, 19423, to Robert and Esther Wilson. He attended grade schools in Harlem, Roundup, Terry and Chinook as he followed his father's oil drilling career. His father bought the Cozy Corner in Chinook in the late 1950s and John helped in the confectionery and graduated from Chinook High School in 1962.

John enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 19562 and was stationed in Watertown, N.Y. There he met Bonnie Loson and they were married in 1965. After an honorable discharge, they moved to Green River, Utah, where John worked as the White Sands Missile Base. A year later they moved to Missoula, where John enrolled at the University of Montana. John's professional career began at UBC as a picture framer while attending college.

In 1969, John opened the Art Attic with partner, Al Hamm. The business included picture framing, antiques, an art gallery and supplies for the trade. In 1971, John became sole-proprietor of the Art Attic. In 1976, he became an independent sales representative covering seven Rocky Mountain States and Western Canada. He sold the Art Attic in 1978 to concentrate on selling. He started the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Professional Picture Framers Association and won numerous sales excellence awards as he continuously wrote the largest sales volume from the biggest territory with the fewest amount of people. He was sure to be home on Friday nights from 1980-88 to watch his sons participate in athletics.

John invented a product called the Band-It that is still used in the framing industry. He also began an oval and circle wood picture frame manufacturing company in Missoula. He continued traveling and selling until 1995, during which time he also entered into a partnership in the Old Dairy building in Missoula.

John and Bonnie separated in 1984, and he married Goldie Indreland in 1989. They lived in Grant Creek, where John thoroughly enjoyed his time with the Indreland family until their lives grew apart in 1999.

John enjoyed hard work, creativity and ingenuity. He also enjoyed taking something old and making it new, including houses, cars, buildings, furniture, etc.

John was preceded in death by his mother and father, Robert and Esther Wilson; brother, Bill; and sister, Helen.

Survivors include his sons, John (Laura) Wilson Jr. of Denver, Colo., and Brian Wilson of Portland, Ore.; sisters, Lois Butcher of Chinook, Phyllis Rouland and Marilyn Kinzle of Missoula, Judy Bacon and Candy Wilson of Bigfork; brother, Robert (Hazel) Wilson of Sandy Hook, Conn.; three grandchildren; companion, Carol Handy; numerous nephews and nieces; and dog, Underfoot.

Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Missoula, 800 Kensington Ave., Missoula, MT 59801.

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