Dyle Bruce Wilson

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Dyle WIlson obit photoDyle Bruce Wilson was born on February 12, 1948, in Canton, Illinois. He was the youngest of the three sons born to John and Mary (Lenzi) Wilson of Farmington, Illinois. He graduated from Farmington High School in 1966 and went on to the University of Missouri, Rolla, earning a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering in 1970.

Dyle moved to Trenton, Missouri, in 1971 after accepting a position as a mechanical engineer at Modine Manufacturing Company. He worked there for 44 years, retiring in 2015 and continuing as a consultant for three more years.

Dyle married Donna Louise Louderback at the Wesley Methodist Church on June 9, 1974. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

Dyle’s hobbies included airplane flying, trap shooting, camping, traveling, and British car collecting. He was also an avid Formula One fan. Dyle was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chillicothe’s Chapter 944, where he served as president for 14 years. In addition to being an active member of the EAA, he also belonged to the Vintage Aircraft Association 16 in Gardner, Kansas. He attended the annual EAA AirVenture convention for 40 years and volunteered in the Vintage section at the annual Oshkosh, Wisconsin, fly-in. With over 36 years of volunteering, he was awarded Volunteer of the Year in 2003.

Dyle’s interest in British cars included owning several Jaguars and a DeLorean. He was a past president and vice president of the Heart of America Jaguar Club in Kansas City. He showed his 1966 XKE Jaguar and his 1998 XJ8 Jaguar, which won multiple national awards. He also served many years as the Chief Judge for the HOAJC Concours, retiring in 2023.

Donna and Dyle were international travelers, exploring coast to coast in the USA, the Caribbean Islands, Italy, Scotland, Mexico, Canada, and England. They were also 14-year members of the Prairie Haven Campground in Kansas.

Locally, Dyle was a board member of the Trenton Trap and Skeet Range and has been a member since its inception. He was also a member of Trenton’s Elks Lodge #801.

Dyle is preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Wilson, and his brothers, Robert and Roger Wilson. He is survived by his dear wife, Donna Louderback Wilson, as well as his nieces, Annette Marie Wilson (Philip) Hintz and Kat Wilson (Paulo) Sgiers, and great-nephews, Conrad and Ian Hintz, and great-nieces, Julia and Elizabeth Sgiers.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 11, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. at Resthaven Mortuary, Trenton, Missouri. Burial will be in Martin Cemetery north of Trenton, Missouri.

Family visitation will be held Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the mortuary.

Instead of flowers, donations are being accepted to the EAA Chapter 944 AirVenture fund and Wesley Methodist Church Building fund and may be left with the mortuary.

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