Gerald D. Wilson
Gerald Dean Wilson, 83, of Shelton, WA died on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at the Capital Medical Center in Olympia. Gerald was born on November 12, 1928 to Charles and Ethel (Bunce) Wilson in Flasher, North Dakota. In March of 1949, he married Geraldine A. Maphis in Yakima, WA where Jerry was a foreman for the Metropolitan Park District for many years. He purchased a coffee shop for his wife in Selah which started their careers in the restaurant business. They owned several restaurants throughout the years, a steak house in Seattle, then the Tift Haus in North Bend and eventually the well known Taylor Towne (now Taylor Station) Restaurant in Shelton in 1971 until his retirement in 1994.
Mr. Jerry enjoyed spending time with his family and working in his yard. He loved being on his tractor and working on their little farm where they once raised sheep, pigs, beef and chickens. He also enjoyed the Mariners, playing cards and spending time and going out to breakfast with friends every week Among his many achievements, Gerald had been the past president of the Chamber of Commerce in Selah, was featured as an Outstanding Young Man of America, 1965 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Selah Junior Chamber of Commerce for outstanding community service through loyal, faithful, and unselfish efforts resulting in a lasting contribution to community and nation.
He will be truly missed by all that knew him. He is survived by his wife Geraldine, Shelton; sons, Gary (Linda) Wilson, Randy (Dee) Wilson, Brad (Corinn) Wilson, Darrel (Marlis) Wilson; ten grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
At Mr. Jerry’s request, no services will be held.