Peterson Funeral Chapel
Robert Wesley "Wes" Wilson, 82, of Aurora passed away Friday, January 24, 2020 in his home.
Wes was born in Sacramento, California, in an elevator on the way up. And up in the world he went. He loved nature, airplanes, and was raised in the country where his father was superintendent of a pear orchard during the depression, He had two older brothers, John, who became prominent as an engineer in Aerospace and Ray, an insurance executive who also raised five children in the country of the Ozarks. John and Ray preceded him in death. Wes attended Sacramento City College and San Francisco State College, completing three years. Then he was asked by Chet Helms to do posters for his dances at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. Bill Graham also ran the Fillmore, and the posters became very prominent in American and world culture. Wes was married twice, once for two years and he spent 54 years with his second wife who still holds down the farm in Aurora, MO. He has six children, ten grandchildren, and one great grandson, age three. Wes painted, did commercial art, fine art, and had a job as a print supervisor at City Utilities in Springfield, MO. for eight years.He raised cows, chickens, and landscaping the farm was his dearest love. The farm is called Living Water Ranch and he wanted to be buried close to his true home.
He is survived by his wife, Eva, and his children, grandchildren and great grandson. He has many friends and followed Jesus Christ. He will be sorely missed.
Wes was preceded in death by a three year old sister who drowned when he was one and called her name often as a child.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday, January 28 at 3:00 p.m. in Leann Cemetery South of Aurora under the care of Peterson Funeral Chapel.
A celebration of life will be held in the summer.