Richard "Rick" Thomas Wilson, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, passed away on August 27, 2023, surrounded by his adored family in Independence, Missouri. He was born on November 30, 1960, in the same city he called home throughout his life. Rick's passing is mourned by all who were fortunate enough to have known him.
From his early days at Van Horn High School in Independence, Missouri, Rick displayed a thirst for knowledge that extended far beyond the confines of the classroom. He furthered his education through courses offered by his employer, Folger's Coffee and became a wealth of knowledge on a wide range of topics.
It was during his time at Folger's Coffee that Rick's path intersected with the love of his life, Sharon. From their initial meeting during training, Rick charmed Sharon with his thoughtfulness and kindness. His romantic gestures - bringing her flowers and buying special treats to share on lunch breaks - quickly won her heart. On May 14, 1987, Rick and Sharon dedicated their lives to one another in a ceremony filled with love and promises for the future. True to form, Rick's chivalry and romance never waned throughout their married life.
Rick's creative spirit was evident throughout every aspect of his life. One annual tradition that brought joy to those around him was his handmade birthday cards. Each card was carefully crafted with hand-drawn designs and lovingly decorated down to the last detail - even the envelopes were adorned. And true to Rick's playful nature, he would fold money into origami creations as unique and special gifts.
Music held a special place in Rick's heart. He began playing the piano at an early age of seven and later taught himself how to play guitar. His talents extended beyond instrumental proficiency as he showcased a gifted vocal ability as well. Through music, he found a way to express his emotions and touch the souls of those who listened. Rick also had a passion for riding motorcycles.
Rick's incredible love for his family was evident in every aspect of his life. He was blessed with three daughters: Jamey Hoffman, Karla Williams, and Tara Trevino. His daughters were taught valuable life lessons by their father. Rick embraced the role of a natural born teacher, sharing his creativity and love. It was through the birth of his four granddaughters - Isabel Williams, Olivia Trevino, Lucia Trevino, and Natalia Trevino - that Rick found true joy. They became the center of his universe, and he cherished every moment spent in their company. He encouraged their individuality and supported their dreams, always making them feel special and loved.
Rick's remarkable personality left an indelible mark on everyone he encountered. He loved hard and had a way of making people feel valued and appreciated. Rick had an unwavering commitment to standing up for what was right and speaking his mind when it mattered most. With a wealth of knowledge under his belt, there wasn't a conversation he couldn't engage in with enthusiasm and insight.
Beyond his roles as a loving husband, devoted father, doting grandfather, brother, and trusted friend, Rick took great pride in being an Eagle Scout, exemplifying the values instilled within him since childhood.
Rick is survived by his beloved wife Sharon Kay Wilson; his brothers Edward Lee Wilson (Kathleen) and James David Wilson (Julie); his daughters Jamey Hoffman, Karla Williams, and Tara Trevino (Alex); and four granddaughters, Isabel Williams, Olivia Trevino, Lucia Trevino, and Natalia Trevino. He was proceeded in death by his parents; James Thomas and Wilma Lea Wilson and his sister; Patty Lea Wilson.