Kenneth Wilson, a proud veteran of the Army, passed away on August 3, 2021, in the comfort of his Family's home in Woodstock, Vermont, after a six month battle with brain cancer.
The son of Helen Marie Sestak and Bruce Arthur Wilson, Kenneth grew up in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. He was born April 11, 1950, at Easton Hospital and attended Phillipsburg High School, graduating in 1968 with High Honors and a member of the National Honor Society. At the age of 18, Kenneth enlisted in the Army and was stationed in Vietnam and Japan. He valued his service highly and attained the rank of Specialist SP5 in short time. As part of this service as a Technician and Specialist he served in several bases and Vietnam and ultimately in Northern Japan. Kenneth was awarded several service medals during his enlistment and was honorably discharged after his years of service. While stationed in Japan, he furthered his education and studied Martial Arts attaining the Rank of 1st degree Black Belt. It was in that Karate Dojo he met his wife-to-be, Eriko Wada (deceased in 2013), and they ultimately married upon returning to the States and moved to their home of 45 years in Palmer Township on Kaywood Drive.
Ken's career stemmed from his military training and he worked for and was affiliated with several prestigious companies over the years, Lockheed Martin, Bell & Howell, NASA, and Agere. Ultimately he found the path to his own business in electronic engineering, calibration and repair : Home Electronics and Video Perfection until he retired in 2020. Kenneth is survived by his son, Christopher Allen Wilson; grandson, Aaron Christopher Wilson; daughter in-law, Suzanne Hebaj-Wilson; sister, Cynthia Peloquin; sister, Margaret Slack, and brother, Richard Wilson. He also leaves behind six beloved felines: Kiki, Tiger, Peanut, Daughter, Rusty and J'Roll. His friends and loved ones will remember his modest and humble demeanor, and his caring nature.
No one could argue his love for all living beings, as he and my mother, Eriko, were caregivers to countless furry family members including squirrels, chipmunks, birds, raccoons, skunks, rabbits and any cat that found their way to their home; all were welcome for as long as they needed a home. No matter how busy he was he still managed to find the time to be a supportive dad to his son in whatever the current venture was. Whether it was waterskiing, tinkering with cars, or later in life remodeling homes. He continued that dedication when his grandson, Aaron, came into the picture. Always supportive of all of Aaron's hobbies and interests, especially his love and skill in ski racing. And having wanted to be a pilot himself, Ken was a huge part in helping Aaron pursue his Private Pilot's License. Although Ken's situation was tragic, his move to Vermont for treatment allowed him to be present to watch his grandson graduate Woodstock High School Magna Cum Laude, witness him in his senior prom, watch him tinker with his own car, and know he would be attending the University of Vermont to pursue an electrical engineering degree, like his Grandfather. Most of all he led a life that was driven by helping and assisting others, always putting himself second. Whether it be delivering food and sitting with a friend in need; snow blowing the neighborhood driveways; mowing the grass and helping upkeep the boathouse; leaving the garage swing up and a freezer full of popsicles for the kids when he was not home; or simply being there to support his siblings and family when they were in need and even when they were not. He always was a selfless giver.
The family kindly requests that, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation that will be added to a Trust in Kenneth and Eriko's name to support the local Animal Shelters both Ken and Eriko believed in so wholeheartedly.
A service honoring the life of Kenneth Wilson will be held at Finegan Funeral Home at 4080 William Penn Highway, Palmer, PA, on Monday, August 9, 2021. Viewing from 5-7 pm with a service to follow at 7 pm. Finegan Funeral Home 4080 William Penn