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Darrell Ray Wilson

July 17, 1952 — June 29, 2023

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Darrell Ray Wilson, owner and operator of Future Tech Automotive in Kansas City, Missouri, has sadly passed away on June 29, 2023. Born on July 17, 1952, in Picher, Oklahoma, Darrell lived a life full of entrepreneurial endeavors and a love for his family and friends.

Darrell's career was marked by his ambition and determination. Alongside running his successful automotive business, he owned a garment manufacturing plant in Louisiana and operated another in California. These ventures exemplified his drive to succeed and his knack for innovation.

Education played a significant role in Darrell's life as well. He attended Northeast Senior High School before embarking on his professional journey. He believed that knowledge served as the foundation for personal growth and success.

Those who knew Darrell could attest to his lively spirit and vibrant personality. He was a notorious partyer who loved to embrace life's joys with enthusiasm. His infectious energy brightened every room he entered, leaving behind cherished memories and laughter.

Darrell served his country with honor as a member of the United States Army, showcasing his patriotism and dedication to the nation. His commitment to serving others extended beyond military service.

In addition to being an astute businessman and dedicated serviceman, Darrell pursued various hobbies that brought him immense pleasure throughout his life. He had an undying passion for all things motor-related; motorcycles, cars, and engines were not only his area of expertise but also sources of pure joy. When he wasn't tinkering with machines, Darrell found solace in baking delightful pies; apple, cherry, and pumpkin were among his favorites. His culinary talents extended to cooking chili and jambalaya—a testament to his diverse palate. Watermelon, ice cream, and anything with caramel had a special place in his heart when it came to satisfying cravings. Furthermore, Darrell reveled in the joyous atmosphere of holidays, particularly Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the Fourth of July. And what better way to celebrate than dancing to the tunes of musical legends such as Elvis and Frank Sinatra?

Proudly looking back on his achievements, Darrell claimed the title of Master Diesel Mechanic as one of his proudest accomplishments. His expertise in this field not only garnered acclaim but also revealed his dedication to his craft and willingness to continuously learn and grow.

At home, Darrell was surrounded by a loving family. He was predeceased by his father, A. J. Wilson, his mother Betty June Morrison, and step-mother Diane Humphreys-Wilson. Gerry Lee Wilson and Gerald Wayne Wilson, his brothers, also preceded him in death.

Darrell leaves behind a lasting legacy in the hearts of those who survive him. His daughter Diana Kay Wilson will forever cherish their bond and remember him as a devoted father. Furthermore, he will be deeply missed by his grandsons John "J.J." Wilson, Christopher "C.J." Wilson, and Jacob Ray Wilson.

Family dynamics extended beyond immediate relatives for Darrell. His sister Diana Huffman shared many fond memories with him throughout their lives. Brittnie Holcomb and Patricia Daniel - cherished nieces - found a guiding light in Uncle Darrell. Barry Joe Holcomb, Troy Taylor, and Tipton Mackey - nephews and great-nephew respectively - held a special place in his heart.

Darrell Ray Wilson's zest for life was contagious; he had an unmistakable presence that livened every gathering he attended. He will be remembered for his entrepreneurial spirit, unwavering patriotism, love for friends and family alike, diverse hobbies, and infectious laughter.

As we bid farewell to Darrell Ray Wilson today, let us carry forward his legacy of seizing every moment and cherishing our loved ones while endeavoring to turn our passions into reality. May his vibrant spirit resound within our hearts, guiding us to live our lives to the fullest, just as he did.

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