Carl Theodore Wilson

Carl Theodore Wilson

CHINOOK - Carl "Ted" Wilson, 78, died April 27, 2004, at his Chinook residence surrounded by family. The son of Harry and Edith (Church) Wilson, he was born July 15, 1925, in Naselle. His father was a commercial fisherman and the family residence was on the lower Naselle River. He attended Ilwaco schools and at age 17 enlisted in the U.S. Navy.

Mr. Wilson served his country for three years during World War II. Serving in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre, he was a gunner's mate aboard a picket boat which rescued personnel at sea. His boat rescued 95 people, and he received several medals and a commendation.

Returning home after the war, he went to work for the Washington Department of Fisheries and served at the original Naselle hatchery. He later was stationed at several other hatcheries in western Washington and at one time was the youngest superintendent in the department.

While living in Burlington he met Josephine Schorno, and they were married Feb. 17, 1950, in LaConnor. In 1957 they moved to Chinook where he went to work with his father at the Chinook Custom Cannery. Following his father's death, Wilson continued operating the cannery until 1993 when it was turned into a storage unit.

Mr. Wilson was a man of many talents. In younger years he peeled cascara bark and also gillnetted the local area. During the winter months he built boats, did ornamental ironwork, worked building logging roads, and worked constructing the Grays River hatchery. His mechanical skill shown when he built several pieces of equipment used in his fish cannery.

In younger years, he served as a Boy Scout leader. He was a member of Long Beach Elks, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was happiest when outdoors, hunting, fishing or camping and he was a skilled woodworker. Trips to Reno were enjoyed. He loved his family, enjoyed a great many friendships, called a spade a spade, and was very proud to have served his country. He had been baptized into the Catholic church.

He and his wife recently celebrated their 54th anniversary and she survives at the family residence. Also surviving are daughters and sons-in-law Gail and Herb Messick of Chinook and Teri and Karl Plato of Ilwaco; sons and daughters-in-law Brad and Jane Wilson of Chinook, Boyd and Val Wilson of Chinook, Bernie and Laura Wilson of Chinook, Jason and Shane Wilson of Chinook, Tim and Deanna Wilson of Naselle, Rex and Jeri Wilson of Ocean Park and son Brian Wilson of Chinook; grandchildren: Jeffery, Amber and Jennifer Messick; Tim and Elizabeth Paul, Joe Wilson; Haley Wilson; Kylie, Kasey, Kouri and Kassidy Plato; Amanda Wilson; Brach Buchanan; Emeri Wilson; Zach and Clark Wilson; great-granddaughter Courtney Elizabeth Paul; brother Edgar "Corky" Wilson of Chinook; sisters Peggy Bennett of Raymond and Lileth Church of South Bend; and numerous other members of an extended family. A sister Barbara Jean Galvin died earlier.

Eucharistic Service will be held Friday, May 7, at 11 a.m. at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Seaview. A luncheon will immediately follow. Concluding graveside service will be at Ilwaco Cemetery. Memorials may be made to either the Chinook Fire District No. 2, P.O. Box 235, Chinook, WA 98614 or the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 28 and 44, P.O. Box 38, Ocean Park, WA 98640. Arrangements by Penttila's Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach.

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